I bet you haven’t thought much about South America, have you? With the exception of March when Pope Francis was installed, Argentina and the rest of South America don’t make it onto the front page very often in America.
This got me to thinking and yah, I know for me that can be a bad thing.
Why don’t Americans care more about what happens in South America?
We’re quick to send troops, supplies and relief efforts when something happens in Asia, Europe or Africa, but when was the last time we sent troops into battle in South America.
Matter of fact, name five American (military) bases in South America…ANYWHERE in South America. Go ahead, grab a pen and paper, I’ll get me a cup of coffee and wait for your answer.
The truth is we, as Americans, just don’t give much thought. With a land size just less than North America and larger than Antarctica and Europe combined, South America typically falls off of our radar.
There’s a free online service called H.A.R.O (Help a Reporter Out) where anybody that does any writing can post questions and request interviews. I did that recently and was surprised my the answers I got.
The question was:
Name four reasons Americans should care about South America
The answers were all over and the broad categories are summarized in the graphic at the top of this post. Fully 80% of the respondents gave an answer that boiled down to one thing:
It makes good economic sense (for America).
Not much was said about human rights, human trafficking or the environment. But a full 80% was basically, “Let’s care about South America because it will benefit our pocket books.”
Kind of narrow minded and short sighted if you ask me.
What are your thoughts? Why should America care about what happens south of the equator. Please be sure to leave a comment and let me know.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America. The creator of the photographic book, No Indians in Tennessee, he now lives in Argentina while he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe. Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner. Jerry uses WeOnTech to distribute his images and articles, get your FREE TRIAL today. Have a story that needs to reach national media? Email him today.