What a long, strange trip it’s been
Lady Pafia Marigold, no stranger to discrimination herself, imagines what an alien must think of we Earthlings. Apparently the wall contemplated (we’ll make Proxima Centauri b pay for it!) is not tall enough to prevent inter-galactic usurpers and rapists from entering our planet bringing drugs and crime, and stealing our jobs. Perhaps this seems a frivolous way to introduce this story, but in all honesty, doesn’t racism seem an anachronistic absurdity? Absolutely humorous, were it not so tragic.
“Tzschia’s Summer Education on Earth”
by Lady Pafia Marigold
Tzschia Xyopolic’s dream while attending Alpha Elementary on Proxima Centauri b was someday to become her planet’s lead representative to the United Worlds.
Mrs. Zophin, Tzschia’s teacher, and Dr. Aota Xyopolic, Tzschia’s mother, a renowned Alien Cultures Professor decided Tzschia, on summer break, needed to study the worst directly, so they sent her to college on Earth.
Tzschia journeyed to Earth in naivety, but returned in maturity. She read her summer’s vacation report to her classmates and teacher.
My mother had me take classes at the University of Idaho at Moscow where she once lectured posing as an Earthling. This college, of a savage world, tested me even though it was equivalent to our second year. We all have educational gaps and mine was Earth culture.
The Register of Admissions was impressed by my exam scores, remembering my mother, assigning me to modern history courses as mother had requested. My most important course was entitled, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”.
I choose to sit next to a man older than the other students and teacher. His smile was kind, eyes reflective, compassionate and wise. He could make anyone laugh. I learned about Earth’s ageism, sexism, class warfare, nuclear weapon threats, crimes against and by religions and hate groups.. The last day was a ‘Show and Tell’ of inhumanity objects.
My friend brought in a very strange, flat plate once mounted on a wall with the words ‘DRINKING FOUNTAIN WHITES COLORED, crooked arrows, one pointing left and one pointing right, the letters MONTGOMERY, ALA and July 30 1931’ raised upon it with one hole in each corner for mounting.
I asked him what this Ala Montgomery had done inhumanely.
What planet are you from he asked, so, I told him and that my mother sent me to learn about Earth’s alien culture, being our closest neighbour.
I knew so little about the various Earthling oppressions before this summer. My friend, fearing for me, mentioned the Roswell dissection coverup. This chilled me.
Earthlings divide into artificial groups by nations, races and beliefs to justify their discrimination, crimes and war. Their stronger victimize the weaker regularly.
We live by mutual respect and peaceful co-existence. They don’t.
Slavery in America meant rich white people buying and trading darker skinned African people as property, working them for life after the slaves were taken prisoner and transported against their will away from their homeland families. Many died during their trips due to disease and starvation. Their children were also property of their masters.
Even after being freed after their Civil War, just a suspicion by a white person could result in an African American being lynched from a tree or whipped bloody.
They still lock up people of colour far more often than light skin Earthlings. Neo-Nazis, Skinheads, the KKK, The New Front and others remain free to give hate speeches and carry weapons.
I asked our instructor if Earthlings will survive until I grow up. We’re trying through education, but failing, he told me.