An unrelated commentary: I just want to point out that only days after I post my satirical article about how white people are more dangerous than Syrian refugees, there was a white terror attack and now everyone’s on the hatin’ on whitey bandwagon. You’re welcome, internet, LOL. I shared it with a friend and they thought it was unfair to Christianity. I had to explain the joke. I purposefully wrote it in the same manner as the articles that I found against Muslims. Hate always looks stupid when it’s held up to the light. That’s the point of satire. I can write that same article about any race, religion, nationality, etc.
“There’s a chilling absolution that we’re given from our birth
A powerful delusion and a plague upon the earth
But nothing scares me more
Than the stranger at my door
Who I fail to give shelter, time, and worth” -The Stranger At My Door by Brandi Carlile
Though perhaps the best quote for refugees is Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” which sits beneath the Statue of Liberty herself, though most Americans only know the two lines of it:
“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.
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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Every generation of Americans wants to close the door on the next. We simply can’t do that. This is the very heart and soul of America that we’re fighting for. We all stand here today because of the Mother of Exiles. Well… except the Native Americans… they were kind of here before. Though, admittedly, they hadn’t properly utilized the land. Not a Wal-mart in sight.