Kortrijk, you’re a tough nut. You set a bar, we reach the bar, you set it higher: not young enough, not old enough, not nederlandstalig enough, not new enough, not here long enough, not diploma’ed enough, not poor enough, not rich enough, not Muslim / Christian / Hindu / … religious enough, not socialist, communist, green, or whatever political nightmare there is enough, not refugee, not asylum seeker, too western, too American, too progressive in one’s thinking, too blunt, too introvert, too quiet, too loud, too …. white even. What’ll it be today: too short? Too female? Too haven’t had your hair cut in awhile? Too likes to take pictures of trees? Not hipster enough? Not tan enough? Not comfortable on a bike enough? Me???

Person: no more, no less than anyone else in town.

Maybe you should include your list of “requirements to be considered as equal” in the new Kortrijkzaan brochure??? And let me know what I’m supposed to write on my label.

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