when politicians call slaves immigrants, when people of a particular creed are banned from travelling freely, when cemeteries are desecrated, when the powerful stoke up fear of the weak and impoverished, when people who love differently are spat at, when fanatics slay innocents in the name of religion, when an insidious racism is stoked under the flag of freedom, when misogyny is brushed off as boy-talk, when the oppressed occupied are painted as the oppressor, when women aren’t allowed to drive or vote or travel freely, when white is right and the rest are whingeing, when journalists are skewered for asking the pertinent questions, when fringe right-wing lunatic conspiracy theories are trumpeted by the powers that be, when females’ genitals are mutilated, when rape becomes a tool of war, when the 1% have their snouts in the trough, when the 99% are smeared as barbaric mongerers of violence, when the 1% portray themselves as the victims in a world of obscene inequality, when rabid jingoism becomes mainstream, when flags are used as gags to silence, when ‘our people’ are always right or always the victims and when ‘your people’ are ever the perpetrators of all things noxious, when human beings are trafficked as commodities, when obfuscation becomes the norm, when hate becomes acceptable, when tolerance is ravaged, when cultural and religious differences are accentuated for nefarious motives, when walls instead of bridges are being touted as solutions.

when … … …

are we still human?