It is next to impossible to read the news today without blinking twice and asking: ”What year is it?”
It is the year when a man who openly and with no hint of shame offends large number of people in his own country. Who makes condescending statements about muslims and Mexicans, who drops sexist comments about women and still manages to become a finalist in the race towards the presidency.
A country that prides itself on being land of the free has a large number of its population willing to vote for someone who actually says he wants to build walls and close its boarders.
Never before has an election in the USA been more exciting or more terrifying.
Not that the situation in the rest of the world is that much better. Syria suffers from daily bombings and the surrounding countries in Europe impose restrictions on mobility, making it more and more difficult for the desperate people who manage to flee the ongoing war.
Now who isn’t proud to be a citizen of this world?
And then in the countries and cities where people escaping war finally find a safe haven for their children, people protest. True story.
So then a retweet shows up on Twitter. An article in the paper Politism reports how 100 cops had to escort forty refugee children in the village of Profitis in northern Greece as they make their way to their first day in school. This as a result of protests brought on by the decision to allow the children to attend the local school.
So yes, this is the year when children are once again escorted to school by police to protect them. We are not all equal, and we certainly do not have the same basic human rights. Excuse the sarcasm, but this has gone too far.
The right winged politic is no longer just conservative, it is purely rasist. And what is worse is that a group of left winged politicians follow the same destructive path with restrictive politics and excluding rhetoric.
This is not the year 2016. It is 1950 again and though it is next to impossible to see a way out of this depressing image which is the world today, there is a light in the darkness.
Every voice that expresses genuine understanding and that speaks out against hatred. Every voice that identifies and puts a foot down when faced with the excluding rhetoric that has somehow become a part of everyday life.
And yes, in the USA, it is the woman in the red suit.
Those who are willing to vote for the man who stands against everything that has made the USA a country that so many people want to live in, and do not understand why so many are offended by the things that he has said. Well, probably they are not part of one of the groups on Trumps list of people to discriminate against. At least not today.