Response to de Waal’s Lighter Side
Today, Alex de Waal shared “some of the more amusing efforts at promoting public awareness (in America) about human rights issues.” He highlighted the “Save Darfur Large Petfood Bowl” (which has the slogan, “If we don’t speak up we become accomplices”) as well as the recent UN and Battlestar Galactica-hosted discussion of human rights and armed conflict. In closing his post, Mr. de Waal posed the following question: “Do rights extend to extraterrestrial species as well?”
While the Save Darfur Large Pet Bowl is, indeed, amusing, it’s not nearly as amusing (and/or disturbing) as the “Save Darfur Stop Genocide Classic Thong”.
And you thought you had seen it all? Nope. At least not until you saw a thong, adorned with (presumably) Darfuri children, dedicated to saving those children and their homeland. I mean, green “Not On My Watch – Save Darfur” wristbands and “Be A Voice For Darfur” postcards are SOOOOOOOOO last year!
However, one obvious question does arise: Does this now mean that all the “cool” anti-genocide activists are wearing Save Darfur thongs? It’s hard to know, I guess. (Those wristbands were everywhere several years back.) One thing is for sure though — nothing exudes class and commitment to the cause like a Save Darfur thong. And, hey, all the profits are being donated to SDC!
As for DeWaal’s question regarding extraterrestrial rights, one need only look to the Save Darfur Coalition’s web site for the answer. On January 21, 2009, SDC released the following public statement:
SAVE DARFUR MARKS INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA, PRESSES URGENT ACTION
FROM NEW ADMINISTRATION
Fowler: Our movement has hope for this new administration
WASHINGTON – Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition,
today marked the inauguration of President Barack Obama by stressing
the need for urgent action on Sudan – most notably in the Darfur
region of the country.
“President Obama and his new administration have raised the hopes and
expectations of the world community and the broader constituency of
conscience committed to ending the atrocities in Darfur and promoting
a just peace in Sudan. The Darfur movement will stand behind this
president if he acts boldly on Darfur, and will press him should he
fail to act swiftly. The world is watching for how President Obama
will lead on Sudan starting now.”
In case you missed it: “President Obama and his new administration have raised the hopes and expectations of the world community and the broader constituency of conscience committed to ending the atrocities in Darfur and promoting a just peace in Sudan.”
That’s right — the Save Darfur movement’s “constituency of conscience” has outgrown the earthly limitations of the “world community” and gone intergalactic under Jerry Fowler’s leadership. That’s impressive. (In fact, I think that makes him the Captain Kirk of the movement.) And, if the “constituency of conscience” extends beyond the world community, one can, I think, semi-reasonably assume that rights do, in fact, extend to extraterrestrial members of the constituency. That’s what I call an inclusive movement!
One final question: Can/Do/Will extraterrestrials wear advocacy thongs?