Monday, March 27, 2017

The Criteria

The Criteria

And so follows the tedious and overused ritual.
Listen to the solemn sounding political leaders
Full of praise for the efficiency of the police,
Lauding the efforts of the emergency services.
Hear the supposed rationale explained
About how they hate us, hate our freedom.
Note the moments of silence, flags at half staff.
Watch the parade of experts as they analyze,
Opinionating on possible intention and responses.
Observe the show of solidarity on social media,
The superimposed flags on FaceBook and Twitter.
Read or see the endless news media coverage...
For Westminster.
Not for the forty decapitated in the Kasai district.
(Where is that? Who were they?)
Not for the civilians bombed by airstrikes in al-Jadida.
(Who were they? Where is that?)
Not for those killed in suicide attack in Mogadishu.
(Where is that? Who were they?)
Where is the Kasai district, al-Jadida, Mogadishu?
Not in Europe, N. America, Australia, or New Zealand.
Who were the victims in Kasai, Al-Jadida, Mogadishu?
Brown or black-skinned people.

[photo art by Ric Couchman]

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