A White cameraman caught Ebola & no one cares cuz lets focus on him being a White Rinpoche
So I’m guessin by now that most of you are caught up with that news right. Ashoka Mukpo, a white cameraman catches Ebola while covering it’s outbreak in Africa and the Daily Mail (a trashy UK tabloid news service) covers it. Except the focus isn’t on Ebola nor the thousands of African victim it has now claimed, instead it’s about 1. A white dude who happened to have contracted the virus, 2. His oriental past as Chokyam Trungpa’s adopted son who happened to also have been ordained by Trungpa as some reincarnate Lama. Right, why is he treated any different from any other Ebola patient? Oh yeah, majority affected are black, he’s not black, he’s white. And one that has a colorful past with Chokyam Trungpa who married a 16 year old rich white girl with a moneyed aristocratic colonial background.
What’s fucked up about all of this is how this one white man gets to all of a sudden becomes special in the news because he chose to leave behind a vague title of a Tibetan Lama and chose to venture into Africa and chose to become a video cameraman for an organization covering Ebola. I haven’t seen any of the news do an indepth look at any African individuals affected by the virus that happened to be killing more of them than anyone white. But of course black and brown bodies don’t matter, only white bodies do. Whats more annoying is VOA Tibetan has decided to take on the same racist (orientalizing and silencing) approach that the dailymail took by taking on this personalized story of a white dude. Again, someone who CHOSE to work in an Ebola affected area and became infected yet is getting the first-world medical treatment that none of the thousands affected Africans will see. Key word CHOSE. Instead the story is about him and his background as some reincarnate, I didn’t care when Steven Sigal was recognized as a reincarnate, and I certainly don’t care now.
I don’t give a flying fuck about whether he was a tulku.