One month before the tragic death of American student Otto Warmbier, imprisoned in North Korea while on a college tour to the isolated nation, Huffington Post published an article titled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal”, wherein the author shares the following anecdote:
“That’s what the hell he gets. Good for him!” My mother had uttered those words in her typical matter-of-fact tone one morning as she watched the news. “He” was Michael Fay, an 18-year-old from Ohio who had confessed to vandalizing cars in Singapore, and was subsequently sentence to six lashes from a rattan cane. I was in sixth grade and all I could imagine was how horrible the pain would be. My mother was unmoved at the thought, remarking, “He earned that.”
I thought about my mother’s words a few days ago while watching video of 21-year-old Otto Warmbier, another man from Ohio who last week was convicted of subversion for stealing a propaganda banner in North Korea, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Just as in Fay’s case, I was shocked by the severity of the punishment. I’ve tried to imagine spending a decade and a half performing what the North Korean state deems hard labor and I can’t. But I’m not 11 anymore, and now, my mother’s callous reaction to Micahel Fay’s sentence is my reaction to another young white man who went to an Asian country and violated their laws, and learned that the shield his cis white male identity provides here in America is not teflon abroad.
After stealing a propaganda banner in North Korea, Warmbier faced starvation, torture, hard labor, and likely witnessed murder of other political dissidents.
He died on Monday.
This is not the first time Huffington Post has celebrated violence.
A week ago they wrote an article calling for the execution of President Trump and top Republicans, and their writers were seen appearing to celebrate the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise on Twitter.
He only wishes Rep Steve Scalise would have died pic.twitter.com/eh2Qojdn1t
— The Rouser (@RouserNews) June 14, 2017
While the Warmbier family mourns, they now must realize they live in a world where other Americans are celebrating the imprisonment, and likely the death, of their son.
This is what the leftist mainstream media does. They have no decorum, and they have no standards. They will gladly side with the authoritarian governments of the world, so long as they are bent on destroying the United States, its people, and its culture.
And they will call you a racist while they do it.