As a child, I learned to sing the lines to the refrain below in Sunday school. Since it was a Christian school, the word “Jesus” was the subject of the song, not “The Creator.” I substituted “The Creator” in the lyrics below in an effort to extend the lyrics’ concept to non-Christian religions, the concept being that a supreme being considered all the children of the world to be equally precious. Hypothetically, since children become adults, all adults would also be considered equally precious. Of course, we know that humans do not consider all humans to be equal, whether as children or adults.
“The Creator loves the little children,
All the children of the world;
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in The Creator’s sight,
The Creator loves the little children of the world.”
The lyrics above came to mind when a Christian friend and I were talking about the limitations religions can set on accepting all humans as humans, and how humans find ways to show favor or disfavor toward others. We then discussed the phenomenon of certain groups of people becoming publicly visible for a period of time (in “TV sitcoms, commercials, or big budget movies”) while other groups did not, and how certain groups of once-visible people fade from the public eye.
A friend in South Carolina commented on seeing more East Indians in commercials now than in the past. I sent her a copy of the article “It’s ithnics time in U.S. culture” (RedEye newspaper, July 2) in which the columnist Matt Kuttan notes “how many [East] Indians there are in American media lately … a sudden surge of friendly brown faces on the air.” The lyrics above make no reference to brown people. Hmmmm! Human oversight again, right?
I’ve also noticed a surge in the inclusion of other Asians (Chinese and Japanese) in the media. This is an observation, not a complaint, but it certainly makes me and others wonder: What socio-politico-economic powers are deciding WHO’S IN???