CrazyVid: Hero stands up against racism
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This video involves two actors characterized as Meena and Oliver, acting as a Muslim clerk and a racist customer. The two actors are meant to replicate how society portrays Muslims as "terrorists". As a member of the U.S. army walks up to the counter to order a sandwich, "Oliver" steps in and says racist comments about Muslims to him. The soldier speaks his mind and says that all humans have rights, no matter where they come from, who they are, or whatever their beliefs are. When Oliver continues to mention stereotypical comments regarding Meena, the soldier replies with "I wear this uniform so that everyone can live freely in this country" In the end, when he was told that Meena and Oliver were just actors, he admits that what he said was not very heroic. The soldier says that what he did was "just being a person, and standing up for someone else." In addition, he also states that in America, it doesn't matter who you are, if you're in America, you're an American.
Throughout the semester, we've learned to treat everyone equally, with respect and dignity. We learned that every human being has value and shouldn't be put down because of who they are. In God's eyes, we were all made equally. In the video, the soldier explains that it isn't right to treat others as if they are a lesser person. When he says "if you're in America, you're an American", this can also be interpreted as everyone and anyone is welcome, not only in America, but in this world. This video relates to what we've learned in this course because the soldier is an example of someone who represents the beatitude "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness". The soldier had the chance to just ignore Oliver and walk away. Instead, he spoke his mind and stood up for Meena because he was being mistreated by Oliver. He recognized that Meena was being burdened and knew that what Oliver was saying about him was unnecessary and disrespectful.
Although the soldier considered what he said wasn't very heroic, i find that inspiring because he wasn't just being humble, he was being totally honest about his opinions. He said that he was "just being human", which shows that he was acting like how he would have expected any other human being to react, when in reality, most people probably wouldn't do. When he said "I wear this uniform so that everyone can live freely in this country", this truly touched me because he didn't care about what Oliver was saying in relation to Meena. He didn't care if Meena was Muslim, or if he was stereo-typically labelled as a "terrorist". In the eyes of the soldier, he recognized Meena as a free human being with the same human rights as anyone else in the country.