Human Rights are Not Political

A few months ago when I started writing this blog post, the main objective was to share what I thought the world would be like after stay-at-home orders were lifted.

And while most states are beginning to open up and the return to “normal” seems so close, the world is in a much different place now that the Black Lives Matter movement has resurged.

The protests are building a momentum where the outcome is the understanding that human rights are in no way political. They are, as the phrase suggests, human.

Being human means that you are treated with respect and equally to anyone of any skin color.

As an Asian American, I will never feel the same prejudice and fear that Black Americans experience in this country. The current focus on ending the marginalization of Black Americans is completely necessary in this time; it’s really just a long time coming.

Thankfully, I wasn’t bullied in school or talked down on because I was Asian, save for some microaggressions (which were still a bit hurtful). Even though I live in a relatively liberal community, in the beginning with COVID-19, I was almost waiting for someone to make a comment about how I had coronavirus just because I’m Asian.

Yet, there it is.

The association of wanting decent human liberties associated with being a more liberal person, while conservatives are automatically put in this category of being racists.

Because human rights are to be centered around a person alone just being human, the political landscape of the past few years has put us into a position to see the blue for it and red against it.

And while I still claim this as my own opinion, as everything that I write for this blog, the idea that human rights are not political needs to be shared as much as possible to remove this dichotomy that has formed around who wants basic human rights.

As long as you are human, you deserve treatment as a human being. And that all starts with equal treatment in the workplace, in school, in your home, and especially in public.

I still find it astonishing that there are people that do not believe that every person in this country should be treated equally, especially elected leadership.

Their role in the country is centered around helping their community because the people that live there and vote them in depend (and should expect) it.

This argument can also be extended past the horrible racism that people experience in the US to healthcare and LGBTQ rights. Especially because of the pandemic, I could never understand why there are people that do not believe in getting the resources necessary to save human lives.

By the end of writing this, there is so much more to say about culture in the US surrounding race, gender, social welfare, sexuality, and such. But there will never be enough time to write about all of it until justice is served, as cheesy as that sounds. 

So I leave you with the assurance in my mind that, Black lives absolutely matter, people need to be treated equally, and, once again, human rights are not political. I know I sound like a broken record now, but it’s important.

Here’s a starting resource for information and how to help.

Thank you for reading.