E for Equality

Equality (noun)- The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.

If you have a separate glass or plate or a whole different set of utensils for the people who serve you, this is for you.

We live in a world that is dictated by the social norms that have been established even before we were.

While we pass these people every day,
How often do we see them?
The hierarchy we’ve drawn.
The job distinction we’ve kept.
The classism we’ve imbibed.

We believe in equality. We really do.
We just don’t want to work under them.
We believe in equality. Yes, we do.
We just don’t want to earn less than them.
We believe in equality. We really do.
We just don’t want them in our social circle.
We believe in equality. Yes, we do.
We just don’t want to share the same social status.

If you are okay with love marriages but have a rule book of the caste/class/religion the person should be or shouldn’t be from, this is for you.

We live in a world that is dictated by the cultural norms that have been established even before we were.

While we pass these people every day,
How often do we see them?
The fine line we’ve drawn.
The one arm distance we’ve kept.
The sophistication we’ve imbibed.

We believe in equality. We really do.
We just don’t want our kids to marry them.
We believe in equality. Yes, we do.
We just don’t want to talk about it in public.
We believe in equality. We really do.
We just don’t want them in our neighborhood or society.
We believe in equality. Yes, we do.
We just don’t want our kids to be treated exactly like them.

If you believe in democracy yet choose to vote for someone only because he/she belongs to a particular community, this is for you.

We live in a world that is dictated by the political norms that have been established even before we were.

While we pass these people every day,
How often do we see them?
The belief system we’ve drawn.
The blindfold we’ve kept.
The prejudice we’ve imbibed.

We believe in equality. We really do.
We just don’t want to let our community down.
We believe in equality. Yes, we do.
We just don’t want to vote for that caste.
We believe in equality. We really do.
We just don’t want them to be in power.
We believe in equality. Yes, we do.
We just don’t want to change the way things are.

If I’ve been able to offend you, this is for you.
If your defense mechanism just escalated, this is for you.
And If not, this still is for you.
Because I’ve spoken it out loud, when will you?

 

 © Apoorva Bora

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jasleen kaur

    This beautifully portrays hypocrisy of the privileged.

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