Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March Forth!

I started writing this as a reply to someone's status update on FB. But I know better than to feed the internet trolls on that platform, I still need to get this out of my system though, so here goes.

There was a Police brutality video posted up this week showing.. well, police brutality.
I know I don't have the heart or stomach to watch it, so I won't. But I have a fair idea of what it entails, especially judging by the comments of those who have watched it.

I understand the uproar. It's a major human rights violation, agreed wholeheartedly.
But I don't see eye-to-eye with those who are using this as an excuse to jump on the 'What has become of Fiji' bandwagon. 

Police-brutality is a reality worldwide and so as wrong as it is, I still don't think it justifies us questioning our progress as Fijians, questioning our identity and saying that we are ashamed to be Fijian. I question humanity, yes. But I am still proud of being Fijian, and one has nothing to do with another.

Cases such as these have been happening for ages now, and while that doesn't make it ok, I only bring it up to indicate that the only difference now is that this time ...it was caught on camera. I think it's wrong to blame our circumstances politically, or otherwise. Yes, we should not be having such incidences at all, but I think by blaming it on things like democracy, and coups etc, is a cop-out from tackling the more deep-seeded issues in our society that leads its people to act so inhumanely.

Someone commented that we are going back into the dark ages. I disagree, as a nation we are doing better, we are good people, but bad people do exist. I question the integrity of the person who was a part of this abomination, and of those that stood around and did nothing about it. I try to get my head around what would lead them to be so cruel.
But I will not blame it on our country, and its people as a whole. I think we get enough of that from the misled foreign media and other countries already; we don't have to resort to blaming ourselves too.

We are good people. We need to remind ourselves of that. Bad people will always exist. But we shouldn't lose the good ones either.

Rant. over.

8 comments:

laminar_flow said...

Interesting take on the video and gives one, pause for thought; considering as well the Milgram experiment Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Fully agree with your sentiments.

Yes, the vast majority of Fijians are good people as with just about every area of society in the world.

BUT, 'good' people would have made a statement by now to say that some of the culprits have been apprehended and charged.

So where are the 'good' people that have the power to do this ?

Anonymous said...

The violence and excessive use of force is indeed shocking ... but the other perspective is that these police officers are the "sin eaters" of our society, and have to do what no one else is prepared to do in order to keep society on an even keel. What ever else is said about this, I can almost guarantee that all who watched the video have resolved in their minds to never find themselves in this position ever. So is this an effective deterrent to would be criminals... for sure !

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