Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

On human rights

Basman Derawi | 06-11-2019

I have the right
not to be perpetually stressed.
I have the right
to be presumed innocent
until you see my truth.

Live in my shoes,
from Palestine to the USA:
I am not a low-class human,
just because I am
Palestinian, Syrian,
Lebanese or Kurd.
You're not above me
and I am not under,
just because you think
I am easily ignored,
or your pastors and leaders
pronounce you superior.

I have the right
not to be ever-anxious,
I have the right
to reject your double standards,
to push to the front of the queue,
to demand my so-called
human rights.

Posted: November 5, 2019

Mentor: Pam Bailey


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