And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiprah, and the name of the other was Puah; And he said, when ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, the ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.Exodous 1:15-16
One of the things I like most about ancient stories and literature are the moments that would seem strange and out of place in todays world. Unfortunately, the king of Egypt ordering all of the male children in a specific ethnic group to be killed would seem like a pretty trendy political decision if it was made in 2021. It’s somewhat reminiscent of China’s one child policy, a policy that one of my representatives in government would like to see globalized.
I have written before about the Uyghur genocide in China’s Xinjiang province. This is especially important because many American companies do business in Xinjiang, and are using slave labor in their supply chain. If you want to stand up for the Uyghur people make sure that the cotton in your underwear wasn’t picked by slaves.
Earlier today I talked to a friend of mine whose family comes from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The ethnic conflict there has been brewing for some time. Currently the Tigray people are being starved by the ruling government. The struggle only seems to be getting worse.
Hundred of thousands of Rohingyan people have crossed the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh over the past couple of years as a result of ethnic violence.
The point is that ethnic cleansing has been cool for the last five thousand years or so, and it will probably be cool for the next five thousand years.
But you don’t have to be one of the cool kids.
You can be better than that. Not being violently racist is also pretty rad.
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