Palindrome

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Otto Warmbier seen standing in front of a microphone, crying, as a North Korean soldier stands on his left, next to him.]

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.” — James Baldwin

Here’s what I don’t understand:

A grown-ass man goes to a country he knows is adversarial to the United States, a place he had zero business being in from the jump.

He exercises the white male privilege invested in him by being a product of the United States, by going to this other country with the intention of disrespecting it and imagining himself getting away with it because those are, he was told, the benefits of white supremacy.

Instead of getting away with it, though, he gets caught and the government of this country exercises its law on him, failing, to whatever degree, to acknowledge his white privilege.

When they finally release him, he’s returned in a coma and eventually dies.

The United States, in its umbrage, expects me to be outraged.

The United States: The same country that *just* shot a small, disabled, pregnant black woman in her face because they claim she had a knife; that let a cop murder a compliant black person in front of his child and said the cop was well within his rights; and Aiyana was seven years old and asleep on the couch when the cop shot her for a reality show and lied about it — and told me I shouldn’t dare feel outraged about any of it.

Told me, in fact, that it was “justice” being served.

Okay, then, well.

Don’t ever expect me to extend the sympathy you withhold.

What’s good for the goose, chile, the gander will have to sit they ass at the table and eat, too. And like it.

Be lucky that I’m not trolling Otto memorial pages the way white folks troll black people’s memorial pages.

“Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, days after he returned home in a coma, his parents announced.

Warmbier, 22, had been medically evacuated last week and was being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, did not specify the cause of death.

But they made clear in a written statement that they blamed North Korea for what happened. Their son was arrested in January 2016 at the end of a brief tourist visit to the isolated country.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” the Warmbiers said.

Warmbier’s death was mourned by his wide circle of friends and by complete strangers, and it intensified political reaction to his detention, with outraged critics calling it murder.”

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