June 20th marks World Refugee Day, a day to raise awareness for those people around the world who are most vulnerable. Before we go any further, lets perform a brief thought experiment. I want you to take the time to review all of the videos below, I want you to imagine that this was your life, that you, your family and children were born in any one of these areas. This is a reality for millions of people around the world right now, so just put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a moment.
What would you do if this happened to your home? Would you stick around and continue to raise a family there or would you leave to try find a better place for you and your children? Tell me that you would stay or that you would want to raise a child there and I would know that you are a liar!
When refugees come to our countries they do not do so to inconvenience you or your life, these people are trying to escape terrible circumstances which have forced them from their homes. These refugees could not control a War breaking out in their country and these people could not choose where or when on Earth they happened to be born. Moreover, refugees from War torn regions are the people actively choosing to escape War and violence. These people are willing to risk everything they know in hopes of finding a new/better life, rather than pick up a gun to fight and preserve their old one. Remember, there a millions people from these same countries who did not choose to make this decision and have remained behind to fight in these Wars.
I honestly do not believe refugees are “the enemy” that many nationalists and populists try to make them out to be. On the contrary, these are some of the most vulnerable people in the world right now. When I look at the lives of these refugees and then I look at the values of the typical American in society, it makes me both sad and angry. Sad because I see a country full of people who have absolutely no clue how good they have it and mad because I see them continuing to take it for granted while complaining about trivial and petty nonsense. This is why I will always fight to raise awareness for refugees and do my best to educate the American public about world affairs and events.
As for all of you “Nationalists” out there, no, you are not automatically better than someone else simply because of where you happened to be born and no, humans which happen to be born outside the geographical confines of your countries borders are not inferior by that fact alone. Nationalism is not Patriotism, it is a political weapon propagated by small minds to rally people around the idea of feeling better about oneself, or their country, by believing other people are naturally inferior to them. Nationalism is an absolute fallacy.
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