In response to “Wal-Mart: Save Money, Live better? Not so much.

It is ironic that the company responsible for creating “the happiest place on earth” for a for some children is also responsible for the creation of “hell on earth” for the children unfortunate enough to be born on the other side of the world… It really is a small world after all. As pointed out by Kernaghan and elaborated on by slunatic, many of America’s most widely known and most popular brands such as Nike and Wal-Mart are responsible for the terrible labor conditions of many women and children who are forced to work hours in grueling sweat shops for merely pennies a day. Slunatic posed many great questions that need to be addressed, all beneath the over arching question: What are we going to do about it? There are so many issues within this one problem that sometimes it is hard to figure out where to begin even if we have the desire to change it. Slunatic suggested the option of making legislature to fix this problem. Although this sounds like a good solution, at least to start with, we must be careful that our actions do not prove to be a greater burden for these exploited people. This issue was addressed in our reading for Tuesday, Live Free and Starve by Chitra Divakaruni. She lets us know that these people need these jobs in order to survive. By liberating them from theses jobs, we may be condemning them to starvation. I believe that to honestly fix this problem would require actual sacrifice from those of us who act as consumers. Human rights activists can put on the pressure by making public the atrocities of the sweat shops, but if we are unwilling to change our ways and stop contributing to the problem, their words and efforts will mean nothing and this problem will again slip back into the darkness and never be resolved. 

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