What does it mean to be human?

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What does it mean to dehumanise another, to strip them of that you defined as human, to show no empathy towards those you designated as the other?

To justify slavery, you had to dehumanise a people. They, you hang from the poplar tree: the strange fruits rotting from the laden branches. You treated them worse than your animals, called them savages, yet you erase the lives of the others. Who therefore is the human? What is it you…