Category: Ethiopian Adoption Story
Created on Friday, 16 September 2011 10:32
We have been watching through TweetDeck the ongoing use of the new #YouKnowYourHungryWhen being used by many tweeters to demonstrate how ignorant we are to the current famine situation in East Africa. Far too many tweets with this hash tag have included the following:
you live in Ethiopia
kids in Ethiopia have a better body than you
LMFAO made my night, you're so fucking funny stupid for that one RT@su_spenceswag: #UKnowUHungryWhen you live in Ethiopia
Unfortunately we could quote thousands of similar tweets. This type of humor is disgusting at a time when over 12 million people in East Africa are facing famine. There have been multiple reports in the media demonstrating the heart breaking stories of mothers having to abandon a child to die in an attempt to save their other children from starvation.
These racist and insensitive tweets are truly deplorable to us at a time when we just spent a weekend remembering the 9/11 tragedy. Have we not learned anything from our own history. Must Americans face famine before we realize that humor such as this on twitter is not acceptable. What would our response had been to a Twitter #tag that made fun of 9/11? Of course it would have been on the front page of every American Newspaper and on every cable tv news network.
We ask that readers of this blog that have a twitter account tweet out the following:
Nothing funny about 12 million people facing starvation. #UknowUHungryWhen jokes about Ethiopia out of line. Give to famine relief.
Coily Embrace has made a donation to Oxfam International East Africa Food Crisis Fund. If you have not done so, please visit any disaster relief organization to make a donation for famine relief. Every dollar given makes a difference in this fight to save lives.