What the hell is wrong with our society? I've been saying what I'm about to say for YEARS.
CHILDREN HAVE NO RIGHTS and its FUCKING BULLSHIT.
Right now, on social media people are reposting this article that Hershey came out with wrappers for #internationalwomensday that are pro women. Hershey is a company that literally uses child slave labor to pick the cocoa beans. But for some stupid fucking reason, people are feeling really good that the wrappers say "her" and "she". "Her" and "she" who? "Her", a white woman named Karen in Chicago, who works in HR, who got Nestle chocolate eggs for her niece for Easter? "She", an African American woman named Mckenna in NYC, who just opened a bag of M&Ms for her three year old and just finished her accounting degree? What about "her", a 7 year old girl in Guiglo, Ivory Coast Africa, who will be sold into sex slavery if she doesn't pick enough cocoa to buy rice for her family? What about "she", a 12 year old girl from Burkina Faso, who has no access to education, so she spends her days hunched over a fucking basket in a field?
Here's what I have to say to Karen and McKenna. FUCK YOU. No fucking freedom until we're equal.
Children don't have rights, and I don't just mean children in third world countries. Children right here in America don't have the right to refuse medication or surgery. They don't have the right to be educated about how to file a CPS report. They don't have the right to eat fresh vegetables in school during lunch.
People talk a lot about inequality among black and minority groups, women's rights, and LGBTQ rights... and yeah, all of those things are important, and they should all have equal rights. But no one even talks about children's rights, and often, to me, it seems like no one cares.
I was a child who didn't have an adult advocate. Luckily, for me, I happened to be in America, and I happened to have a teacher who stepped in. But there are so many children who are not as lucky as me. I feel it is my responsibility to advocate for those children.
Happy International Women's Day.
Here's an article about Hershey and Nestle using child slave labor.