Stranger Than Fiction | Matt Kriese
In the world of American news coverage, there is a perpetual emphasis on our own political climate. While yes, this means we get to enjoy a good deal of narcissistic pleasure at the expense of politicians and their blunders; it also distances the American public from legitimate tragedies around the world.
The United Nations’ top human rights official accused Myanmar on Monday of carrying out “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims. Since August, more than 300,000 Rohingya have died to Bangladesh to avoid radicalized attacks from Buddhists in the area. As of this day, Sept. 19, 2017, the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, condemned the attacks in the region. Controversially, she made no mention of the actions of her own government as being any form of ethnic cleansing.
“This self-obsession drives me crazy”
This is an issue that completely disagrees with what American perspectives of terrorism look like. It is difficult for us to think that violent actions could exist towards Muslims in a radicalized way because of our own history with terrorism. Because of this normalization of terrorist activity and the stereotypical way it’s depicted in the West, our news media does little to cover the story unless it is in some way tied into our political atmosphere, e.g. if Trump made a statement about the events in Myanmar.
This self-obsession drives me crazy whenever I’m reading American news outlets. I have grown unbelievably tired of seeing every headline include Trump’s name. Haven’t we given him enough of the spotlight? I want Americans to be concerned and empathetic about what’s happening globally. You know, the way the rest of the world consumes the news?
As I have taken on the responsibility of overseeing this news section, I have done my best to highlight events on this campus. In a sense, I want news to be consumed on a micro scale to inform students about things they otherwise would’ve missed on campus. I hope this reads as a refreshing change to the way news has been forced down our students’ throats.