Tectonic plates move too fast for a train line here > Dancing to sandman in a room made of red and pleated velvet > I tattooed your outline onto the soft part of my Inner arm
Putting up a wall to keep out the most vulnerable people is nothing but a symbol to pacify the nationalists and demonise the powerless, another justification of their misinformed hatred & fear, hiding behind it weak little men in suits, and with it’s erection, roars of joy from the right wing press…
These people who we turn away have seen their entire lives crash down before them, have suffered in war-torn countries, have crossed seas, many are unaccompanied children, and the UK responds with a wall. A physical blockade which will surely only cause more deaths as the journey becomes harder, but the will of the people remains…A symbol that serves to further dehumanise the displaced, a symbol that shows them no matter how you may try, you are not welcome, your trials are not over. Surely we have progressed a little as a nation since the erection of Hadrian’s wall to keep out the Picts back in 122 AD, uncolonised and seen as savages, the Roman’s segregated them. Millenniums apart, same premise.
A ‘£17m UK funded security package’ could be spent on processing these people for asylum, providing housing, helping them. It’s not a case of no money, it’s a case of no humanity.
I know the argument against helping; “they could seek asylum in the first country they reach”. Due to the sheer number of people currently displaced around the globe as a result of conflict, how is this actually going to be possible? Turkey already houses 2.5 million refugees. 1 in every 122 humans in the world are currently refugees or seeking asylum… (UN refugee agency) 1/2 of all refugees are children (Unicef) and most importantly, all refugees are human. All countries in Europe have a humanitarian duty to help, and the UK has a duty to help more than we are, no matter how much the press seeks to demonise these people.
I am not religious at all but I remember going to church as a kid and learning values like not turning people away who knock at your door to ask for help, and I remember learning about The Holocaust at school and being horrified that people could demonise and treat other human beings like that. I remember reading Kindertransport in English and crying and thinking, at least these people helped. I’m pretty sure thats the kind of education that most people get right? And those values should stay with you right? So why do so many people have such animosity towards these people, want to treat them like animals (or worse, since people are more interested in campaigning against live exports than this)? The internet is a place where unsavoury views come out of the shadows. Read the comments on any newspaper article online, scroll down twitter feeds, and there you will find comments inciting hatred, suggesting that these people be walled into ghettos, shot… It’s like it’s okay to have these kind of attitudes now, and yeah Brexit perpetuated that, the presence of far-right politicians airing their views perpetuates that, the media perpetuates that, and it’s getting worse. We’ve seen it happen before in history, time and time again, the fear and hatred of the ‘other.’ It’s easy to hate and to turn a blind eye. And perhaps for those who have been hard-done by in society, having a group of people to hate that has been sold to you by the media as subhuman gives you a taste of power that you don’t have, gives you a target for your misplaced fears and anxieties, a target out of sight, and most importantly, helpless. I think most people are OK underneath it all, everyone has a certain level of empathy, but for some people that empathy only reaches as far as the end of their nose.
More importantly the people that have the power to help fucking suck. So what can we do? Volunteer at camps to help make the day-to-day more bearable for them. Ok. Donate money, food, resources. Help with the re-education of the displaced children. Can we do anything to actually change the way things are going? We are not politicians, and the issues are so complex. But I think what we can also do is work to change the attitudes of people towards refugees. Because otherwise these children are going to grow up in a world where they are resented and vilified, and these children will turn into adults, and we will have been the ones who did not help.
self absorbed; absorbing
bloated sponge; holes expanding
sprung a leak [she said]
there’s plenty of room for you in here
step on my head and squeeze the water out
it’s so warm in here [he said]
placenta embrace; the mother of all fucks
take a piece of me and leave one behind
nothing at all [empty]
Just yet another social cleansing measure from the Tories, hitting those who cannot fight back is their favourite pastime it seems. Make the private landlords richer and let the ‘undeserving poor’ rot on the streets. Where do they propose to ‘put’ all the people who live in these homes where there are no alternatives? But hey, we can all have ‘affordable’ housing now, £450,000 right to buy properties for the aspirational hardworkers among us.
Meanwhile, sit back and relax as the NHS is burned to the ground, and social mobility through Higher Education becomes a long and distant memory. Mental Illness is at an all time high and there is no-one there to help them. Suicide rates are up. The disabled have their benefits cut and on their coffins they nail the Fit To Work documents. The workers are grafting day by day, supermarket swipes for the price of a pint, pinning their dreams and hopes on tonights big Lotto Jackpot, paying tax and watching XFactor and not asking too many questions. Paying our taxes, not asking too many questions. While our Prime Minister is smoking Shisha with the Saudis and letting the corporations off with a slap on the wrist in menial back-tax payments, if any.
Not to worry, you have your FREEDOM! Social Media! iPhones! The Internet! (Don’t delve too deep, you might learn something). Anyway, it’s your fault for not being born with a silver spoon up your arse, you should have worked harder in those 9 months in the womb. While you’re at it, blame it all on the immigrants.
Intolerance. The great divide. The mainstream media spinning and smearing and slamming in it’s sidebar’s of shame/ as it wrings the dirty droplets of holy truth-water from the same used rag / until the water is so muddied that all is left is a vilified smudge / a portrait of a man composed of half-heard lies and once-thought-wishes. a mere phantom, to be lauded or scrupled and pulled apart limb by limb, reassembled into a horror-story collage of a person
MeanWHILE We are all so apathetically opinionated (just words on a screen) Braving the battlefield, anonymous icons in the war of words./Noone has a monopoly on truth but we are so self-righteous/ As mine is the only way and Faith is the answer/ We have been handed a potato-peeler which we think is a gun, eventually we will work it out, after we’ve sheared ourselves of our not so thick- skins.. / Keyboard warriors, shielded by screens, as the real war goes on outside where we can’t hear their screams. When the bomb hits like reality, where will those words be to keep your enemies in check?
Opinions, they rage and they fly and they birth and they kill. We are all so very certain, you can feel it, the physical certainty. The physical certainty which starts and ends wars/ Which justifies killing and death of the OTHER / But when the truth is subjective and the facts are mangled, noone can be sure that their certainty is not founded, on lies and slander and chinese whispers.
Swallowing down the lump of rage, that furrows your throat and sticks in your brow / Everyone is so AFRAID / And they’d have us kill each other if they could, scuffling in the trenches of Cameron’s Britain. Tolerance is Power because what could they do, if we all agreed to disagree and helped each other feel (alive)
In light of the recent heinous acts of terror that have occurred in the past few days; in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad, sadly to name a few, it seems timely to address the Fear that surrounds us, and what that Fear means. Innocent people die all over the world every single day. The reasons are complex and routed in hundreds of years of conflict, meddling, power struggles, and religious differences. As history ever repeats itself, innocent lives are lost every day as the result of the interests and differences of those in Power. And as a result, we are left feeling Powerless.
If the backlash of blame as a result of these heinous acts is directed towards innocent people, then the terrorists have won. They want to create rifts, they want to create terror. They are saying, “we’re here, we’re among you, we’re out to get you, no-one is safe, fear everyone.” They want you to hate and fear everything that is different and they want to marginalise people. And people will be marginalised. It is happening, I see it all around me. The far right is rising across Europe. People are afraid.
It is through ostracising people that they may then in turn be attracted to the ‘welcoming arms’ of terror. Feeding the vicious cycle of inhumanity, war and destruction. What we need is unity and solidarity towards anyone who does not want to harm innocent people. The refugees that are themselves fleeing terror are not to blame. Most terrorist attacks are undertaken by radicalised nationals in their own country. How else are they to blend in so seamlessly, to know the areas like the back of their hand.
The world is not safe, far from it. But anger and hatred do nothing but breed anger and hatred. They are the things that got us into this mess, and they certainly won’t get us out of it.