- Nov 10, 2014
- Los Angeles, CA
Let me give this scenario that I have seen around FB regarding the refugees: I have a bag of M&M's, but 5% are poisoned and the rest are safe to eat, would you still eat them? probably not.
Now putting aside these kinds of silly case-by-case rebuttals, there are violent criminals within every demographic and no matter where you live. The world isn't perfect. There are crimes in your own city every day, just google the statistics- criminals are all around you, some violent, every day, many are just young adults. And assuming the demographics of where you live, the majority are white criminals. Are you going to move out of Texas? Out of the US? Move to the moon?
I totally understand your worry about terrorists secretly smuggled in within the refugees though. That is a more fair argument and source of worry. But you have to also remember that many terrorists are already based in the US- think of the terrorist attacks of the past few years, the Boston marathon bombing. They were young, white adults. So again, case-by-case demographics do not apply... or they do, and you can suspect every white, black, hispanic, etc around you and live in a constant state of hate and paranoia.
Using "what would they do if we were refugees" is also a weak rebuttal. It's not a matter of seeing if you would get something in return, it's how you treat the reality and facts of the existing issue now.
Pretend the US is in a state of mass terrorism and war, and you were a refugee (a true refugee, obviously not a terrorist- in fact, you are literally fleeing the same terrorist groups that the country you are fleeing to for safety fears), going through unimaginable hardship (see the link I posted), finally fleeing your country after years, only to be greeted with implied/real threats such as "just know that we are an open carry state" because everyone around you thinks that you ARE a terrorist, the very group of people who you fear for your life.
There's no easy answer, I'm sure, and you're of course allowed your own opinions. But many of your ways of thinking and reasoning behind your opinions are immoral and weak.
ETA: I won't continue the argument on the forum, but I hope there's at least a bit of compassion in you and you can re-think the significance (or lack thereof) of some of your examples backing your reasoning.