It is important.
If you notice things many times we don't humanize the beings. In the case of the Syrians we either look at them as immigrants, refugees, war victims, and terrorists. We don't humanize them. If it wasn't for Aylan Kurdi we would have a hard time even thinking them as living beings - children - human beings.
Blacks in the United States are seen as segment of the population. Usually the Black population is in trouble or causing trouble. We don't see them as human beings - generally. We generalize the population and the generalization is usually negative. But we need to see the human being; the Eric Garners, the Sandra Blands. We need to see them more as just a population being killed by police forces.
In Canada we have a movement to try and get government to look at why Indigenous Woman are being murdered and gone missing. Right now the estimate is 1200 but Canada's Minister of Status of Women believes its more than 4000.
We need to humanize the Women. The Indigenous public is trying to do that. Family members are speaking up. Wanting the general public to know these are not just "working sex trade" people. The media keys in on describing women as sex trade, workers. Not sisters, Moms, aunties or daughters.
We need to humanize the LGBT community. Its easy to dismiss the community. We label them a community and don't look at the person, the human being.
There is so much destruction going on in the world and the efforts of humanizing the dead takes effort. Remember Genocide in Rwanda? The Chechen Russia conflicts? The Bosnian war? The war rapes and ethnic cleansing (what an ugly ironic phrase). We heard about them but we don't humanize it. Do you know why we don't humanize it?
It fucking hurts to humanize things. Its easier to just think of an event or to label it. But to put a face to something. A name to something. It makes its hard to discount. Makes it hard to ignore.
So we try everything to de-humanize events, and people. If we don't see them as human beings they are easy to dismiss, to disregard, to ignore.
We should be humanizing the dead. They were - are living breathing beings. Just like you.
They have Moms Dads Sisters Brothers Children. Just like you.
Humanize them, just like you, you are human.
Maybe if every one of them was made into a movie we would humanize them.
Reasons why I didn't watch Schindler's List: its going to be sad. We don't want sad. We don't want to be reminded of how ugly it is.
We want comfort. We don't want to humanize the events - the people.