by Jay Johansen | Sep 27, 2011
Response to the Zombie Apocalypse
As we are all aware, over the last few months there have been attacks on innocent people all over America. We extend our profound sympathies to the families of the victims.
These attacks have been blamed on zombies. We object to this blanket indictment of all zombies because of the actions of a few.
The motives behind these attacks are not clear. We should not jump to the conclusion that these attacks were motivated by zombieism just because the victims were killed and eaten by zombies. Zombieism is a lifestyle of peace and passivity.
There have been a number of disturbing incidents in which the civil rights of zombies were clearly violated.
The worst thing that could happen is if these incidents lead to widespread discrimination against zombies. Of course we should try to put out the fires and rebuild the destroyed cities, but our first priority must be to create a just and fair society where living and non-living can
live exist together in peace and equality.
The real danger is not zombies, but stereotyping, intolerance, and vigilante violence. We call for the strict enforcement of gun control laws, and the disarming of anti-zombie fanatics.
Profiling of zombies is not just unjust, but ineffective. A living 90-year-old grandmother from Topeka is just as likely to kill and eat someone as a zombie.
Finally, it is time that we drop the offensive and insulting term "zombie" from our national vocabularly. Thoughtful people prefer the term "Reanimated-American".
1. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, 1920
2. I Am Legend, 2007
3. Night of the Living Dead, 1968
4. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Gave Up Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, 1964
© 2011 by Jay Johansen
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