The Death of a Gorilla : Four Things I Learned from Harambe as an African American.
(ThyBlackMan.com) A moment of silence for HARAMBE.
A few weeks ago, an ape was murdered for being at the wrong place at the wrong time which eerily sounds like the lives of so many African American males. A toddler entered the secure area at a zoo and found himself next to a mammoth mammal. In a hasty judgment call, the decision was made to kill the innocent ape.
The media frenzy focused on the failure of the “African American” parents, who were accused by some critics of negligence, while others question the architectural structure of the exhibit that allowed patron and animal interaction. While these issues are sound, I found other revelations that this event has brought to light:
1. Myth of Endangered Species.
We hear this term all the time. Endangered, brink of extinction, the Western Loland Gorilla that Harambe was, is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is on the “Red List of Threatened Species.” We always hear about endangered animals, but we never hear why they are endangered.
The same humans who captured them for the purposes of profit with claims of preserving their species are the people who have caused them to be an endangered species. The IUCN attributes the western gorilla’s listing there to the steep population decline, almost 80 percent, that the species has seen over three generations.
The two main factors causing the decline: hunting and disease-induced mortality — namely, Ebola AND that these threats were created by human beings.
Zoos are exhibits of theft. These animals are stolen because they are the property of no one supposedly, sold and placed in a replica of their environment for the entertainment of people who are amused by enslaved animals.
2. Animals have a higher social status than African Americans in America.
Harambe has received more media attention than violent deaths of African Americans. Sadly, the life of an ape is more precious than that of African Americans in America. The ape who should have never even been put in the position he was in, was murdered not by an actual threat, but a proposed threat. African American men who are butchered both physically and psychologically every day in America, murdered and imprisoned for the supposed threats they pose, are in a similar situation to the ape but don’t receive as much, or any, public compassion as the ape.
African Americans are placed in a hostile environment purposefully called slums and ghettos, trapped in a cycle of hopelessness and death, majority of their suffering is unacknowledged by the press and the public.
Why does mankind show so much compassion to domesticated animals more than humans? I was walking in downtown Philadelphia when my wife told me of the outpouring of condolences for the dead ape, while looking at streets flooded with homeless people without food or shelter. Ironically, the same humans who are so concerned with the death of an ape are not concerned with the death and suffering of actual humans.
3. Domesticated Animals.
For the most part, humans lack control in our daily lives and I feel humans bask in the control of animals. We do not like wild animals that are not subservient to the demands of humans. We choose domesticated animals that can be controlled and obedient to our demands.
When walking through zoos, I find it mind boggling that no one is able to see that these animals are usually unkempt, miserable, confused, and sometimes bearing visible marks of abuse. We ignore all those signs, while trying to get as close as we can to take a selfie to post on our Facebook page. The signs at the zoo clearly state the animal is supposed to be in tropical environment in South America , yet it is enclosed in a small glass cage in December in Northeast America.
How was this animal acquired?
Did his family donate him?
Did she volunteer to be the entertainment for simple-minded humans?
Whenever animals act true to their nature, they are murdered. It is a common occurrence that whenever an animal that outweighs its “Master” by over 1,000 pounds and no longer wants to be subservient, it is chastised, brutalized, and murdered.
This sounds hauntingly familiar.
4. The Media is Terrible.
This is actually not a new revelation. This event confirms the subtle underpinnings of the media’s mission to glaringly misinform, misguide, and confuse the masses. No disrespect to Harambe. but there are a lot of things taking place in the world that should be receiving more attention than the ‘death at the zoo’. For example, actual humans being massacred domestically and internationally, the pending Federal Reserve rate hike, Britain’s pending exit from the European Union, oil prices, skyrocketing college tuition, unemployed and under-employed people, the Earth’s water supply, and health care costs.
Media will utilize any event to distract the people from real issues. Injustices take place daily against humans that receive no media attention, purposefully flooding the minds of citizens with garbage so they may stay ignorant and lost.
The murder of a gorilla is a societal missive of what has gone so awry in mankind. May the death of Harambe and that of unheralded African Americans be an oracle of what could happen to us all, if we allow bigotry in any form — be it color of skin, religion, gender, sexual orientation to continue and prevail.
Staff Writer; Linton Hinds Jr.
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