This is the power of fiction; the drama, the enthusiasm, and the fraud. At no point in its production did the original drafters of the Constitution intend these fine words to include their slaves or the native peoples.
Looking at the European Union today it is clear to see that it is no longer the illusion of hope and promise that it was in the 90s, in its heyday of optimism and expansion, but has become the perfect image of a crumbling old empire – ripe for implosion at the next crisis.
Politicians and media pundits – who all have their agendas – have fuelled the misconception that these people are migrants rather than refugees; ignoring the facts of the war and violence in Syria and implying that they are coming to steal our women and take our jobs (to cite an old trope).
Racism is not an opinion. Racism is not one of those personal reflections on the world one is allowed to share because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Racism is the disgusting and ignorant disregard of other human beings and their rights and needs on the basis of imagined difference.
On Friday night the whole world was reminded that any city, anywhere in the world, can be made a frontline conflict zone in this new internationalised and highly ideological war.
Black Lives Matter, as the name of the movement reacting against this American normality, is most interesting because it precisely names the problem. Neither American nor European society truly believes that the lives of black human beings matter.
One must always remember that it was the mere instruction within the British school system which led to the greatest will to violence of the twentieth century. Teachers have always been the greatest recruiting officers.
In every quarter of Europe there are tens of millions of people – ordinary working people – demanding that their Europe open up its doors to those in need, but they are fast discovering that they have lost all control over their Europe.