So now people are up in arms over Syrian refugees. Several Governors have come out to publicly state they will not be accepting refugees. Of course, constitutionally that is illegal since governor’s do not have that kind of authority. Unfortunately what they do have access to is whether or not state resources can be used to support those refugees and the relocation process. In short, Governor’s have a chance to demonstrate their humanity and care, or demonstrate their inability to cope with fear in a diplomatically appropriate way. I have no idea on earth why we would want a state’s highest governing official to demonstrate diplomatic strength in a time where everyone just spent a great deal of time using that overlay effect to put a French Flag on their profile picture to show off their unity to actually demonstrate, you guessed it, unity.
Here is my question, why is there such an aversion today to supporting one another. And it isn’t just today. citizens of the United States have always had this aversion. For some reason, we think that a lack of humanity will protect us from all things, failing to grasp the bigger issues. Heck, NFL Players are having to make public statements because we as a nation are disgusting them (the NFL is a whole other story that no one in the world has enough time or energy to fully unpack). There have been some incredible reminders on Twitter today for those who claim we are a “Christian Nation” and yet feel we should not take refugees. Let’s face it, White Guys are the biggest terrorist threat in the US.
As it says on The Statue of Liberty, a gift to us from France:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!