Stand up not only for human rights but for the rights of humanity

My problem with ‘human rights’ is that they go nearly far enough. Look at what rights we have now, freedom of speech, press, religion, protest, etc. There’s nothing radical about them. What of the rights of humanity? The right to housing, medical care, employment? The right to have an equal chance to succeed in life regardless of what family you are born into? These are not recognized as rights in our society but as privileges and it’s disgusting. Fidel Castro may seem an ironic person to quote on this issue but alas I am bound to my convictions, after the Bay of Pigs invasion Cuba took an unfortunate authoritarian turn for the worse. But Fidel has always been a proponent for the rights of humanity, for the liberation of all oppressed peoples and victims of imperialism. He in part- inspired me to speak on this saying, “There’s often talk of human rights, but it’s also necessary to talk of the rights of humanity. Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor so that others can be hugely rich? I speak on behalf of the children in the world who don’t have a piece of bread. I speak on the behalf of the sick that have no medicine, of those denied their rights to life and human dignity.” Everyone stands for human rights, but who is there willing to stand up for the rights of humanity?

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