I think me and social media might have to take a break. It seems that every time I venture on to Facebook lately, my blood pressure sky rockets and I end up just being angry. Because in one moment, I'm all like 'Hate cannot push out hate, only love can do that...' and the next I'm reading somebody's racist, uninformed post about how refugees shouldn't come to Canada because, oh I dunno..(oh here's one!) "we already have enough misfits here, we don't need any more" or something else as completely and utterly idiotic... then a rage swells within me, and my tree hugging, humane meat eating, love and kindness spreading self starts hulking out, yelling expletives, flipping desks over and punching puppies...
But when my giant, green body shrinks and I take account of how I really feel, I'm left with sadness. I'm left questioning how people I (used to) respect are so quick to believe the obnoxious propaganda that I've seen parading around the internet. I'm saddened to know that people are too caught up caring about their stuff and for the preservation of their own comfortable life than to care if a child gets to sleep in a warm, safe bed. (Click here to see where Syrian refugee children are sleeping) It's been a real emotional roller coaster.
And for anyone whose response is "well you shouldn't let it get you so worked up." Okay. We're not talking about child obesity here... we're talking about human lives. Some thing's are worth getting worked up about.
I've seen a video being circulated recently of Trump speaking about Syrian refugees that, if elected, he's going to 'send them back'...
When I saw this video, I was in awe of the level of jack-assery this obnoxious, red faced man exhibited. It still boggles my mind that a human being can be so lacking in tact and empathy. And then I'm even further in awe, that people actually cheer when they hear this garbage. And finally, in utter disbelief that people whom I know... post this video in support of its message... and I just... I. cannot. deal.
So sure, do as Trump says and send them back! But wait, send them back where? To Syria? To refugee camps? Or does the answer to that question not matter as long as they don't negatively affect our lives? Because that's the thing, maybe bringing 25,000 refugees here isn't the RIGHT thing to do. Maybe it is. That is a conversation that obviously needs to happen between informed people with intelligent points. But if you don't think they should come here... then where should they go? And how can we work towards a positive solution? Or do the answers to those questions go beyond our scope of compassion?
Yes... I am more than happy to have screened refugees come into my country. We have wealth, both in capital and natural resources and more than enough space. According to Wikipedia, we are rated number 11 out of 241 countries for having the LEAST amount of people per square kilometer.
Additionally, did you know that Canada already takes approximately 10,000 refugees on an annual basis? Which means in the months to come, we'd just be be taking in more than we typically do, which makes sense seeing how we're in the middle of a *&^% refugee crisis....
There's also stats and information to suggest that refugees are no more likely to be involved in crime than a country's own citizens are. Not to mention, common sense would ask the question why refugees would be inclined to commit crime when during the screening process, they're screened for any criminal background. The idea that crime will increase as the number of refugees do, is built on the ignorant view that these people are in some way a group of uncivilized criminals.
And FUN FACT! The misinformation that refugees receive more income support than those receiving a government pension plan is also false. That rumor was spread by some 'super awesome person' who clearly didn't love 'factual information.'
If you're worried about the cost of bringing refugees to Canada and then sustaining them, then it'll take a load off to know that "the lion’s share of the Syrian refugees the Canadian government has committed to resettling are expected to be privately sponsored."
I don't want to belittle people's honest emotions. I totally get it, we're all scared of ISIS, of radical islamics, of the evil people responsible for the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The crimes these people have committed are horrific and many are scared that the same thing could happen here. It definitely scares me to think that it ever could. But that's WHY we have a refugee crisis. Because Syrians are leaving a country that was destroyed by that evil, they are fleeing those very same people we are scared of.
"Well sure, but what if we compromise our national security in the process!?"
It would be stupid to say there's no risk. There's obviously some risk, albeit very small. And that's everyone's concern. That is our government's primary concern. No one is suggesting we open the gates and just let everyone in all whilly-nilly like. The expectation is that Canada will be accepting the properly screened applications of low-risk families with children. And consider that the Canadian Council for Refugees states that "Since the [refugee] screening was put in place in 2001, the number of claimants found to represent any kind of security concern has been statistically insignificant." The overwhelming majority of these people are like you and I. They are just people, who are scared shitless....and who also, don't want to die.
So seriously. What is it then? Why, are people so passionate about ensuring these people continue to suffer? "We don't want them to suffer, we just...." Just stop. For the love of God stop! Most of the reasons for NOT bringing the additional Syrian refugees into Canada, if not patently false are prejudice, racist, uniformed and unintelligent. And most of them have been debunked right here in this post after 20 minutes of searching for relatively trustworthy information.
This picture was shared by one of my Facebook friends. My mind is blown that this information is being shared and readily accepted.... without any evidence that the people in these images are actually refugees and that the terms 'Refugees' and 'Terrorists' are used interchangeably.... It's ridiculous that I need to point this out.... but those two terms, by definition mean TWO OPPOSITE THINGS!!! Seriously.
Note: Promoting the false ideology that all refugees (and/or Muslims) are terrorists is wrong. Both factually and morally.
Below this image was a comment that read: "We can't help them if they won't help themselves..."
...No wonder people are burning the Canadian flag...
Their homes are gone, their country is a war zone, they're walking for miles, days on end, to try and find a future for themselves and their children... And what exactly would you 'suggest they do?'
Maybe... they should have sold more pens...
Meanwhile in Canada... we sit in our expensive houses and drive our nice vehicles to our great jobs while our kids go to their great schools and then sleep in their safe beds because why?
"We've earned it!!! We've worked hard!!!"...
So has most of the world. There's many young African girls who don't get to go to school because they 'work hard' every day just to fetch clean water for their families. What have they earned?
With a smile no less.
The truth is, is the reason why I have a house and a car and a job and a safe bed to sleep in is because my distant relatives IMMIGRATED here many moons ago, to a country that is ripe with opportunity and unless your distant relatives were Native Americans, so did yours! THAT is the ONLY underlying reason why we enjoy such a comfortable lifestyle. I am not entitled to food, clothing, water or safety anymore than any other innocent human being in this world, and neither are you.
But I won't just rant. Because in the end, caring and ranting does not do a single thing. Caring is simply not enough. I've already set up my monthly contribution to the Canadian Council for Refugees and I will actively seek out ways to help, whether it be by donation or volunteer hours, or whatever. I also actively promote that anyone else, sick of the hate, sick of the racism or of the negative light shone on this situation to do the same. Take action. Take every comment, every post that breaks your heart and makes you angry at the cruel attitudes some people have and make it into an opportunity to be good. Don't just care, don't just rant. Do.
Be the good you wish to see in the world. Make it your mantra.
Since the attacks in Paris, there has been an attack on a Muslim woman in Toronto. There were death threats left on a voicemail to a mosque in the states, there was a mosque burned in Ontario. Please be careful what information you believe and what you spread. If the information you are spreading is a product of hate, racism and ignorance then by sharing it, you are purposely and consciously promoting those values. The growth of this ideology will lead to NOTHING other than violence and more attacks on innocent people. And anyone who fueled that momentum will be, in some way, responsible for the consequences.
This is not about "Us against Them" - This is not white against colored, this is not Christians against Muslims, residents against refugees or the white middle class against brown guys with beards. THIS is 'Good' versus 'Evil'. If you are promoting hate, racism and prejudice, if you are sharing false information to vilify innocent people, if you are thinking, saying, sharing things that promote evil, then you might want to ask yourself what side you're on.
Because though love alone will not protect us, hate will surely destroy us.
The image in this post depicting 'refugees/terrorists' burning the Canadian flag burning is actually from July 4, 2010. It was taken in Vancouver during a G20 summit protest. The persons in black, masked clothing appear to be women. The image was likely mistaken for refugees / terrorists due to the presence of the 'slightly darker skinned man in the background.'
Hi, I'm Lindsay! I am the self proclaimed soul-mate to my hubby Ryan and wannabe philanthropist. I have a passion for writing, street bikes, & rescue dogs. This blog is a random compilation of my daily (formally diagnosed) ADHD thoughts and activities as I try to make the world a better place.