No Human is Alien to Us, by Kenn Orphan

Scenes from Gaza Crisis 2014

Image by Shareef Sarhan/United Nations Photo via Flickr

by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 4, 2022

Let’s take a simple test. Ask yourself these questions: has Facebook ever placed a non-white nation’s flag on the top of the list as a choice for profile photo frames? Has Saturday Night Live ever had a Syrian, or Palestinian, or Yemeni choir open their show? Did liquor stores ever stop selling Russian vodka when it was involved in the Syrian civil war? Did Shell or BP or any other major fossil fuel company ever stop doing business with Saudi Arabia despite massive human rights violations or its murderous war in Yemen? I think the answer to these questions should come easily.

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