I’d written this a long time ago, obviously judging by the subject matter. I would’ve hoped we’d moved beyond genocide by now; clearly that’s not the case. I’d actually posted a video on YouTube back in 2012, and somehow, ten years later, some moderator decided to delete that video for ‘violent content’. I appealed that decision; however five minutes later they got back to me upholding their decision.
I’m very pissed off by this. None of the images chosen involved beatings, lynchings, rape or any else that might provoke violence. The images of people starving were meant to provoke a response; disgust, disbelief, awareness of what kind of crap is going on in this world. This piece is not meant to advocate violence; it’s a protest against state-sponsored violence.
Well, at the risk of being crude, fuck it. I’m putting it here. Render your own judgement.
loll upon the tongue
join the dreaded list
ethiopia, bangladesh, somalia et al
the poor are always with us
the poor always die continuous
racial cleansing aside
how can it be
that there are so many ways to rephrase s singular sin
say it as it is
the armenians in 1915, a million and a half gone
the holocaust of the 1940s, six million to the ovens
the khmer rouge, two million done
the five hundred nations of the native American
why are we so silent in our regard
while the darfurians, one half million so far
are added to the list?