I want to talk about something that's been bothering me. This wasn't the first time, but the Boston bombings was just yet another occasion for me to witness something in the news that I absolutely hate and I find offence in it.
I open a news website and one of the headlines poses a question about possible Polish people who got hurt. I open the article and it says according to their info, nobody from Poland got affected. The same happens with pretty much any other shocking news from the world. There's always this question. The shooting at the Batman movie and they wonder if any of the victims was Polish. A coach crash somewhere abroad - and they have to inform everybody that one of the passengers was Polish.
Why is this information crucial to be posted in the news every time? Even when nobody from Poland is involved, they always pose the question anyway. Every time I think about it and give it some deeper thought... it simply makes me think we are jerks.
See... It's normal that when things like this happens, first and foremost we worry about the people closest to us, hoping they are safe. Our family, our friends... We want the questions answered whether or not somebody we knew was involved and that's more important to us than other people who got hurt there. In that matter we are selfish, but in a good way - it's only natural to care about those we know the most. Usually we also feel empathy for all other victims, but that comes as a second thing. And this is all fine.
But I find no justification for prioritising your own nation in a similar fashion, worrying mostly about well-being of those of the same nationality as us even though we don't know them even the slightest. To me as a reader of the Polish news the number of actual Polish people involved isn't in any way more important than the number of Italians or citizens of Burkina Faso. How about they give me complete figures split by nationality, not just wonder how many are Polish? And after nationality, go with statistics about their religions, sexual preference and the size of their shoes, FFS! Why would the information about the Polish people be more important when we're all really the same type of people who just happened to be born in a different place on earth? And if somebody I knew got involved, they won't give me the name in the news anyway, so the information is just to satisfy some weird national selfishness of the people who apparently consider non-Polish people to be less important. I can understand our embassies check for possible Poles involved in order to pass the message to the families if necessary. But why does this information make it into the news?! Personally I find it insulting and it should have no place in the civilised society. Our thoughts should be with all those people equally.
5 years, 6 months ago
17 Apr 2013 03:04 CEST