Monday, October 20, 2014

Malala Yousafzai and Media Exploitation

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received on October 10, 2014. This is wonderful. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. She is an inspiration.

But she is more than that. She is a human being with her own idea, beliefs and motivations. And not all of these line up with the agendas of the US government.

You'll hear the touching story of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai being shot in the head for the crime of going to school, recovering, and then dedicating her life to fighting for the education of all people. This is something everyone can get behind, right? But that's not all she stands for. She also speaks out against global poverty and encourages non-violence. You don't hear as much about these aspects of her activism. Why? Because the US capitalist system relies on poverty and violence. It's a little amazing how many people can fawn over Malala and talk about how great she is without realizing that we've bombed the crap out of her home and are directly or indirectly responsible for the emergence of many of the "terrorist" groups there, including the ones that shoot girls for going to school.

But the US media doesn't talk about that. They use Malala for her neat little quotes about education and the quotes about non-violence that they can warp to tell only the oppressed not to use violence while our government continues its random drone strikes, which Malala has spoken out against. They whitewash her in the same way they do to Martin Luther King, Jr.

I recommend reading "The (Socialist) Malala Yousafzai the US Media Doesn’t Quote" for more. Always remember the US's history of using people of color like this - cutting out specific causes and quotes they like to present a false picture of the person to the public in order to silence the real message.


Kelly Nicola said...

I love Malala's message. If you read her book that message of nonviolence really comes through. She states early on in her young life that she will not partake in the tradition of revenge. Even in the anecdote she uses in many interviews like last year's The Daily Show, she says she wants to hit her attacker with her shoe but realised that would make her just like them and so she chooses to use her words instead. For someone so young to have such timeless wisdom is impressive.

Thanks for the link, that article is fantastic.

Lindsey Weedston said...

You're very welcome. I need to read her book so bad.