Back in 2001 when I quit university to go on a round-the-world tour and started applying to newspapers to get my story published, my father said “Nobody would caaare.” His condescending tone was so upsetting; so much that I can still hear it echoing in my ears and it disgusts me even to this day. Wooow! 17 years is a long time to carry around a negativity. I realize it only now when I've written it. But that's how some negative remarks leave a mark on us. They scar us for life. Especially coming from people who are supposed to be supportive, not discouraging like this. My mother was no different. She too, claimed with the same authoritative and all-knowing tone “You cannot make money by writing.”
Well... Maybe not too much but I did make some money out of writing. And I've proven my father perfectly wrong when I got on the cover page of one of the top three prestigious national newspapers at the time. They made whole-page interviews, published my articles and were going to pay a quite big sum of money for my standards... Only if I had not turned them down when they put a sensational headline! I wasn't to be a toy for them, I had a respectable standing in society having graduated from the top college and university in Turkey.
Why am I telling all this now? What made me think of all this long time ago story?
Because now, I am the one who says “Nobody cares.” Yes, nobody cares about what I am doing. Nobody cares about what I am writing. Nobody cares about what I am trying to achieve. And I want to stress one thing: This is not about me. This is about the idea of Ending Global Apartheid. This is about how people are treated like animals, put in pens according to the place they are born and let loose only on certain conditions. This is about putting people and children in cages because they want to move from one place to another on the world they are born. This is about detention and deportation. This is about the sovereignty of states and the slavery of the individual/the human to the state. How statelessness ruins one's life, how we are made a tool to their ends.
In the Washington Post article “What gives us a right to deport people? Joseph Carens on the ethics of immigration” by Dylan Matthews (November 29, 2013), Joseph Carens says:
“In the wake of the Holocaust, most people in democratic states felt a profound shame about the fact that their countries had refused to respond to the needs of Jews fleeing the Nazis. We all recognized that failure and vowed, "Never again," and so we set up the Geneva Convention refugee system.
And now all the rich states have set up systems to prevent people from accessing that system. You have to get a visa if you are coming to a rich state from a poor one, and if they think you will ask for asylum, they won't give you a visa. The boats and planes asylum-seekers come on are subject to tremendous sanctions if they transport people without the right documents. So, we're excluding people. And some of the people who are denied visas are in fact eligible for asylum. They are clearly refugees. It's an indiscriminate exclusionary system. In taking this approach, we have put the burden of taking care of refugees onto the neighboring states. Those are generally poor countries, as in the case of Jordan taking in Syrian refugees. That's just unfair, and it's a deep problem. I don't see a political solution to it, because there's not much interest in doing anything about it.”
Exactly! There is not much interest in doing anything about it. That sums it up!
The Birthplace Racism, the Global Apartheid is so unfair and it's such a deep problem. But even though some people agree on this fact, they do not really care. They do not care enough to want to do something about it. They do not care enough to add their voice to mine* so that We can do something about it.
It's disappointing. Very disappointing...
But Michael Jackson said it already: They Don't Really Care About Us
Apart from this Prison Version there is the Brazil Version of the clip.
Perhaps, if he was alive, he would have made a Migrants Version as well.
People, apart from not caring about the suffering of people, do not care about principles or morals either.
Sorry for the preaching... I cannot help it.
* When I talk about my voice it's not about my voice but a voice constantly talking about ending Injustice at Birth. Yes, I believe I Am the One but I cannot do it on my own.
People don't care, all my efforts fall flat. I need you to care! People who want to move around the world in pursuit of basic needs need you to care. They need you to care more than the people playing the every country game, or more than all the pop-stars, rock-stars, comedy-stars, or whatever celebrity you care about.
Apart from Aylan, these babies needed you to care too. It's too late for them. But stand up to stop the tide that is causing the starfishes to wash ashore and die.
Help me, Let's Strike at the root.
I'll be changing or "correcting" this sentence too.
I'm not interested whether you've sat and dined with the great and privileged status-holder; I'm interested whether you have stood up for the broken and down-trodden." Gülin De Vincentiis