That really should be true, but everyone gets so hung up about money and why it is our problem to ignore that things like:
- Central American countries being unstable and crime-ridden
- Puerto Rico having terrible infrastructure and the lack of representation to ensure it has properly allocated resources
that they don’t realize that those things were caused/affected by us in the first place.
And beyond that, many people struggle. Someone like my mom is worried about her paycheck, having enough money to cover her expenses, and saving for her retirement. Our entire economy functions such that she is so fatigued from life that she can’t imagine what she or the government could do to help others. It is true that everyone needs to be on the side of helping others, but so many are so fatigued that they hear about far away problems and think “How could I affect that? Why should my government affect that? My government won’t even help me, shouldn’t I be voting for something that helps my tax burden and gives me access to more assistance?” And this is when they start to want to vote for someone who will lower their taxes and help them get a better job. Of course, this candidate doesn’t actually exist, and is merely the lie they tell themselves.
Most people are already on the side of human compassion. You show them a video of a cop violently assaulting an immigrant detainee and they know it’s wrong. They realize that violence isn’t the solution. The group that wants Mexicans beaten up on is a vocal minority. However, these people who know it is wrong are too fatigued to get engaged or bother learning about what causes it. They are also stuck in a world where “it’s illegal to come over undocumented” and that they can’t get past this. They wonder why it is so bad in other countries that people need to come over here, that what could we possibly do to help, how providing relief “Is ideal, but how do we manage to afford to do all of that?”
They can’t realize that most of the solutions are actually simple. Their ignorance of alternate lifestyles means they assume a shitton of things. And they choose not to learn or engage more, because life as it exists now is tiring.
We need to break past that fatigue and apathy to show people that there is direct action they can take that will stop the things they see that seem bad.
There is also another entire conversation I could start about the media, but that post will be even way more too long than this one.