Letter: We deserve some blame for Bangladesh tragedy
The news of the Bangladesh sweatshop is tragic. It saddens everyone, and yet such news repeats itself again and again. Why? Work outsourcing.
My wife and I were in the U.S. Military Academy store at West Point last spring. We noted, even there, all the apparel was manufactured in places like Thailand, Vietnam, China, one or several Central American countries and possibly Bangladesh. Work is outsourced for cheap labor. In the United States, minimum wage is not a living wage. We moan and groan about loss of jobs, yet our business leaders regularly send work to Third World countries where work conditions can be abysmal. And who is looking or caring? There is the brief nod to “capitalism with a conscience” but time passes, memory dims and, pitifully, history repeats itself.
Next time you buy something in a discount store, think of our responsibility, as a large consumer country with an immense appetite. We desire more than we can possibly use, at a price so low, one wonders how it is possible.
Who is at fault for the dead of Bangladesh? In part, we are. Consider walking away after letting the store owner know that buying without social conscience is unacceptable. Third World, third-party anonymity should be eradicated.
BOB and BETH LUX