Often we assume that after the apocalypse, we will be the good guys and everyone else will be the bad guys. But what about if we’re the good guys and the other guys are just misunderstood?
We’ve allowed the genies to become children’s playmates of choice [1. Aladdin] , encouraged the hero worship of killer robots [2. Terminators] and sat idly by at the romanticization of vampires [3. Too many to name] . All these creatures, once the stuff of nightmares, are now fodder for the diaries of adolescents.
What about the Zombies though? They remain the same shambling greedy shells of their former selves we’ve always viewed them as. We balk at the suggestion they may still have feelings and emotions. But what about rights? As former human beings are they still entitled to some if not all of the rights they once were. Should we consider them not villains but among the disabled?
According to The Zombie Rights Campaign, Zombies are people too.
Zombies are just like everyone else — they work hard, have committed relationships, and worry about putting food on the table for their children. It shouldn’t matter that the food on the table might be brains. It shouldn’t matter that zombie love doesn’t part at death; if anything, it shows additional dedication!
Sadly, our society as a whole is not so open-minded. Zombies face overt discrimination and vicious stereotyping every day, and we here at the Zombie Rights Campaign have dedicated ourselves to fighting back. We hope you’ll join us in our cause, and that we can work together toward a day when all people, both living and undead, exist together in peace and harmony.
The battle has been waged, or is yet being waged, for equality for women, blacks, homosexuals… all manner of living peoples have at one time or another stood up and declared that no longer would they be treated as second-class citizens by a society too long entrenched in its old ways of thinking. Is it so surprising that the undead feel the same call?
The ZRC provides many resources to assist us in understanding our supposed enemies [1. So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.
Sun Tzu “The Art of War”]. On their site you can find everything from writing guides to help you create zombie-friendly written work to research about real-world science.