This morning I learned of something that horrified and angered me. I thought this had gone away after public executions and the asylum tourism of the 19th century had gone away but apparently modern society still has Human Safaris.
On Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal there is a reserve for the Jarawa Tribe of people. These are a tribe recognized by the government of India and the jungles have been their home ever since their ancestors came to the island for what is generally accepted to be several thousand years. Now after Contact not only with the British but the people of India in the early 19th century they are still living this tribal lifestyle. Now today there are bus tours that are explicitly for people who want to go on a human safari and I wish I could say that Human Safari tours of one kind or another were something new and likely to fade. They aren't, I just thought they were gone already.
Back in the late 19th century and early 20th century there was another kind of human safari and one just as despicable. In those days you would get people, usually upper class scumbags no wait, that's an insult to scumbags. You'd get these people who I have a hard time even calling them wastes of oxygen and resources as that seems to kind. They would pay money to go and tour Insane Asylums so that they could gawk at the patients. This reminds me of a quote by the Punk Icon Henry Rollins
The last public Execution in France was in 1939 and there is a freaking video of it and you know why most of the people who showed up did. Its not because they wanted to see justice. ITS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WAS FREAKING ENTERTAINING. Henry Rollins was wrong, that already happened and you know I never thought it would actually ever happen again, but after seeing that people will pay to go on human safaris. I'm not so sure.
What is really freaking Ironic is that while these people go on to gawk at the people they view as savages due to their lack of modern technology and tribal lifestyle. Its very clear who the real Savages are here and its not the Jarawans. Its the tourists, say what you will about the Jarawans but they don't go around paying large sums of money to go gawking at people they view as inferior and that is something a true Savage does. WE TREAT CONDEMNED CRIMINALS TO MORE FUCKING PRIVACY THAN THIS. To anyone who paid for this, do you have any sense of morals, of basic human decency, hell I'd settle for Standards which considering that in Prison child molesters are the lowest of the low, even Murderers can have standards.