Teaching concepts like racism and gender inequality are meaningless here, and it’s not because we have become more enlightened. When the water lines to the girl’s toilet were cut, we quietly made our way to the river. When our school went up in flames, all we voiced was relief that no one was inside. We are already living the chapters.

The politicians had come to inaugurate the school, to laud the milestone in social equality, to promise protection. Such a class act!

I should have known. If the serfs start to question, then the despot could lose his kingdom.

“An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.”
– Martin Luther

In response to Friday Fictioneers challenge of 26 May 2017 based on photo prompt by J Hardy Carroll

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