So I was watching Supernatural and my dad walks in and all casual says ” Is this the show that your second cousin is in” and I’m just kinda like “ha ha dad very funny” but then he says “No seriously, his name is… Marvin? Mica? I don’t know, something weird like that.” and he just walks away
That’s the story of how I found out that I’m related to Misha Collins and died
The violence is part of a country wide genocide of the Rohingya muslims, an ethnic group that has been mercilessly persecuted for years along with other groups in Burma. It is an issue of Bamar nationalism and supremacy more than it is a religious one, but that isn’t to say that Islamaphobia is not rampant in Burma as it is in many other parts of the world. The Buddhist “monks” that are leading the killings, such as Wirathu are obviously not real monks that adhere to Buddhist discipline and are simply racist murderers, because first and foremost the killing of another being goes directly against the dharma. Unfortunately, westerners and western based and influenced news sources (i.e. fuckwad TIME magazine among others) do not understand this and are quick to stamp bullshit terms such as “Buddhist fundamentalism” (which in itself is an oxymoron) onto a complex issue that involves so many things including the fact that Burma has been in political turmoil for decades. The military junta has orchestrated mass violence against its citizens countless times before, such as during the Saffron Revolution of 2007 and the revolution of 1988 and while hatred of the Burmese regime and Bamar people from muslims this context is completely valid, I quite frankly am annoyed with ignorant westerners, specifically white Americans, taking this issue and parading it with their own white savior causes, perpetuating false ideas about Buddhism and its teachings and ignoring the historical and nationalistic context of the issue and my country; they need to stay in their fucking lane.
But in my opinion any Burmese person who tries to sympathize with pieces of shit like Wirathu or even worse defend the military regime and claim pride in their faith as a cover are fucking racist and islamaphobic scum. The grisly acts committed against the Rohingya is inexcusable on matter what.
For more information I advise you take a look at the blog of the themindislimitless; she makes many informative posts on the issue and updates on it frequently. She is also a Burmese Muslim so her opinion on it would probably be more enlightening than mine. The Irrawaddy magazine is also a good source of information. (http://www.irrawaddy.org)