They keep us impoverished. They keep us starving. They limit us to aspire for nothing more than tomorrow’s bread. They squash our potential. They strip us of our humanity- our want for purpose, for knowing and transcending. They try to dislodge whatever dignity we have from our possession. They morph us into the monsters they want us to become; hungry and ravaging, fatigued and traumatized, instinctual and reactionary. They purposely provoke us in order to justify their unrestrained aggression. They deprive us of our humanness in order to treat us otherwise. They claim that our intrinsic unlikeness does not qualify us for these token protections and human rights. They seek only to reign over us subjugating us to the brink of our own annihilation.