Who’s Fault Is It Anyway?

You may recall a line from my last blog. I was talking about profiteering in WW2 and I said 

‘Profiteering and the Black Market was terribly despised then. You could be jailed or even hung. Even as a collaborator, knowing, but saying or doing nothing – you were culpable.

That remains true today in many instances, the least of which is the current ‘hoarding for resale’ debacle.

You may have read that Harvey Weinstein will be spending the rest of his life in jail for his rapey ways. You may feel, as I do, that there are many others who should join him there.

I want you to think of those for a minute.

Picture their faces. Silently say their names.

They’re all men aren’t they?

Those who commit an act of rape are disgusting vile creatures. Not one of you will argue with that and nor will I ….

But what of their enablers? 

What of the women – and men who knew but didn’t speak out?

Women were speaking out against Bill Cosby for years. They were mocked and laughed at. Same with Weinstein and a slew of others. I don’t need to name names of every celebrity rapist here. They aren’t the ones I’m focusing on today.

These women were put through hell by other women. They were called liars and delusional. 

Women stood up to defend these men and didn’t recant until many years later.

They allowed the rapists to continue, unhampered and to keep getting away with it.

How many FEWER women would have been raped if they hadn’t collaborated? How many lives wouldn’t have been ruined?

There isn’t one part of me that’s saying for a single minute the rapists aren’t in the wrong BUT every part of me is SCREAMING that the collaborators are equally as guilty of perpetrating the horror. 

If you know something is wrong, SPEAK UP!

If your neighbors aren’t treating their kids right. If the guy in the next office is harassing the temp. If someone unable to protect themselves needs help, be that help. If not physically then by reaching out to authorities.

Speak FOR them, not against them because if you don’t – it’s your crime too. 

20 thoughts on “Who’s Fault Is It Anyway?

  1. This happens in so many different areas of our world. People getting away with crap because ‘they can’ and because others cannot speak out without repercussion. Stupid. Bless you for saying something.

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  2. This is one of my issues with slavery of Africans. Africans collected profits for raiding villages to sell African men and women to ship merchants heading to north America. It makes it difficult for me to sympathize with my fellow Africans when we cry the horrid of capturing Africans for slavery.

    It is the reason I struggle to celebrate Europeans who fought for the equality of Africans during apartheid because every single successful European who progressed the rights of Africans, was a politician who owned slaves and had his farms worked by free labour of Africans prisoners.

    This is why I am ashamed I decry the poverty in South Africa right now due to capitalism because I am highly paid by one of the most deceitfully oppressive vehicles of capitalism…the banking sector.

    I see hypocrisy everywhere. When we discuss and lament to others it’s logical. But as soon as we shut up and attend to our normal life, we commit the same sins, in small scales and large scales depending on how much power we hold in society.

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    1. There are things I can never understand. Thinking someone is higher or lower than you because of colour or creed is one. I had a friend at school that had vitiligo (I think that’s what it’s called) She had patches of white and brown skin and it really impacted me in realising we aren’t different. It really is pigment. Sure we have cultural differences but loving to travel as I do, learning other foods and customs is a huge adventure.
      People try to rewrite history all the time. There’s a sad truth in saying history is written by the victors. I’m very cynical about ‘trendy’ activists. Yesterday’s ‘free Nelson Mandela’ is today’s ‘Stop Fracking’ – but there are still people living in extreme poverty and inequality with no way out. Apartheid by any other name. It’s not trendy when you can’t have a concert, t shirt and catchy hash tag.

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      1. I am sometimes horrible at explaining myself. In a write twisted way, I was trying to say, the narrative that women put down other women is true. I don’t complain about it because I have seen that most of us, especially the ones at the forefront of causes (as they live in public spaces well documented enough for us to scrutinize their actions), are hypocrites.

        The courses that move us deeply. The topics that disgust us. One way or another, we also perpetuate them. We consciously would not participate but if we stake stock of our actions, we will find incidents where we also committed the acts we find appalling.

        But then again, I’m obsessed with hypocrisy so it is easy for me to spot it in my own actions. Practice makes perfect.

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      2. We’re not perfect. We can but keep trying, recognising that we aren’t so perfect is a huge part of consciously trying NOT to perpetuate the things that repulse us. I know what you mean, I’m ashamed of things I’ve done, times I should have spoken up and didn’t, things I wish I could change. I absolutely have regrets but if they teach me to try to change – I’ll keep trying. If we all do that, we can change the world! I’m a huge believer in little people, not ‘leaders’

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      3. Totally agree (There are things I can never understand. Thinking someone is higher or lower than you because of colour or creed is one).

        About the vitiligo friend, it’s lucky you had common activities that made you realise you were not different. On another spectrum, she/he could have had nothing in common with you except to drink water and need air. That would have been a challenge for society to accept her.

        I love this: but there are still people living in extreme poverty and inequality with no way out. Apartheid by any other name.

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