Social Media's Reaction to the Death of Otto Warmbier
Hate Unfolded in the Comments Section on Facebook Following Warmbier's Death
In a recent Fox News article reporting on a college professor's suggestive article in response to Otto Warmbier's death, Otto was condemned by the professor who stated "He went to North Korea for f---'s sake."
Many are outraged by the professor's unsettling response. However, many members of Facebook commented on the article in agreement with the professor.
Otto's Death Response Somehow Sparked Racism
In the comments section of the Fox New's article, racism was mentioned by many users. Many African-American users such as Malcolm in the screenshot above felt that Otto's death was justified because he is a "entitled white American."
It may have been okay to say Otto was entitled. After all, Otto had to be well off to go on such an extravagant trip to Asia. Most Americans can barely afford to travel to the nearest beach, much less another continent. However, why does this user have to bring race into it? Imagine if the roles were reversed (Otto was black) and people were commenting and saying that he was just a black thug. This user would've likely been outraged.
Sadly, people only feel that racism exists when a white person is talking poorly about a black person. Why can't people just see that an American was killed by a tyrannical regime? Why does it have to be a "white" American? Think of how up-in-arms African-Americans would have been had Otto been a black man.
Some Users Even Felt Otto's Death Helped to Settle the Score
In the above screenshot, a Facebook user commented and basically stated that white people do not care when black men are killed in this country. I'm assuming she is referring to the recent police shootings that have happened over the past few years.
It is absurd to say that white people do not care about black men being killed by the police. Just look at the picture below where UNC students had a "die-in" protest against the slaying of Michael Brown. Most of the people in this photo who were protesting are white.
I'm sure that the lady who made the comment took about as much time to research the number of whites who protest police brutality as she did on learning how to spell or form sentences. Her grammar was very poor.
It's 2017 and the nation has never been so divided. People in America can't agree on anything. Otto was given the death penalty for stealing a poster. It's scary to think that so many believe that there is justification to this and that some would even use race to justify it! Yes, many African-Americans have died at the hands of cruel white Americans. Wrongful death on one side can't be cured with wrongful death on the other side. And why are people taking sides? This is America. There should only be one side!
Otto was reported to have stolen a piece of paper likely worth less than fifty cents and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. The punishment doesn't fit the crime. It doesn't matter what color he is. Nobody deserves that harsh of a punishment. There is also some speculation out there that Otto did not even steal the poster. According the to Washington Post, Otto was forced to make a public confession stating that he stole the poster. So did he steal the poster? We will likely never know the answer to that question. North Korean officials could have planted the poster on him or he could have bought it from someone in the streets as a souvenir. North Korea may have just been using Otto to scare U.S. citizens.
North Korea has been known to force foreign visitors to make confessions for other crimes such as spying and assassination attempts. Take Kim Dong-Chul for example, who made a confession saying that he was a paid South Korean spy. He was 62 years old when he made that confession. South Korea can surely hire younger spies.