Image: The Turkish People Are “Not Nice” People — Try Harder
It is hard to say that Turkish people, as a whole collective of people, are nice people. Being a “nice” person has a wide range of connotations including getting along with others as well as ones neighbours and that would include coming to their rescue when their friends, family and neighbours are threatened, and defending one another against violations of their safety and their rights.
For example the rape and murder of hundreds of women every month including the recently publicized murder of Özgecan Aslan would not happen in a community of “nice people”.
Bring your attention to the picture here of a Turkish Kurd person being abused by Turkish authorities.
Meanwhile Turks have elected and supported a leadership that says women are lesser humans and Kurds are even lesser still. Nice people would NOT tolerate that inhumanity. Nice people don’t rape their women nor would nice people tolerate that.
Human Rights Watch says:
In office for three terms since 2002, and enjoying a strong parliamentary majority, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has demonstrated a growing intolerance of political opposition, public protest, and critical media. Government legislative and other efforts to limit corruption investigations implicating ministers and the prime minister’s family have seriously undermined judicial independence and the rule of law. A continuing ceasefire between the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the context of an embryonic peace process to end a decades-long conflict with the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continues to offer an opportunity to further human rights in Turkey.
There are some beautifully nice Turkish individuals who have hit the streets to protest these abuses but they themselves have become the survivors of horrible abuse and have been beaten, arrested, booed and generally put down as “trouble makers”.
Turks love abuse of women in their TV shows.
Turkish audiences have supported and watched abuses of women such as a 15-year-old girl married off to a 70-year-old man against her will in one series. In another, a 16-year-old girl is married in a hurry after her family found out she had premarital sex. In “Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki” (As Time Goes By), an international favorite, the leading male character rapes his ex-wife and kills her new husband.
In other examples, a brother beats his sister for dating a man; a man rapes his girlfriend, and when she gets pregnant, her father beats her senseless on the street. Another female character gets pregnant; her family marries her off to her boss. In one series, a woman sleeps with her boss and when her husband finds out he kills the boss and sells his wife to a brothel.
Perhaps, the most famous of the Turkish series that set its main arc around a rape story is “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (What is Fatmagül’s Fault?), broadcast in 2011 and 2012 in Turkey, and in around 30 countries from India and Chile to Slovakia. Loosely adapted from Vedat Türkali’s novel and the 1986 feature film of the same name, the story follows the leading female character getting gang raped, married off to one of the perpetrators, and later falling for him.
Now I want you all to brace yourselves. Hold on tight. By no measure in this universe are Turks nice people. Turks are not nice people. They are mean, ignorant, abusive, misogynistic, backwards people. Nothing “nice” about that. But I am not just heaping venom, I offer a solution. Education!
To The Turks I must say:
A MESSAGE TO THE TURKS: As a great Canadian philosopher says, “learn about common courtesy, caring and sharing (as opposed to tension and hostility)”; run out on the street and shake your neighbours’ hand no matter they be Kurdish or female; oust your ridiculous personality-disordered leaders; and the next time you see a man raping a woman, stop it and arrest him; and the next time you see someone dragging a Kurd down the street by the neck, stop that too.