If we were embroiled in World War III right now, you wouldn’t know it from 95% of lifestyle blogs which makes me sad. Personally I do not understand it. That’s like saying, let’s pretend slavery or the Holocaust didn’t happen because I don’t want to get political. Ipso facto, I won’t talk about the Syrian refugee crisis or terrorism.
I get that a lot of bloggers want to keep their sites uplifting, but not a single mention of current events is inauthentic. I know that audiences right now are seeking confirmation from popular bloggers on what is their reality. Let’s remember that silence has very damaging implications historically.
Here is where my heart is.
First and foremost, I feel so much anguish for the victims—those who died and were injured in the terrorist attacks on Paris as well as Syrian refugees. A set of photos titled ‘Where the Children Sleep‘ taken by Magnus Wennman show children displaced from their homes in war-ravaged Syria. It is gut-wrenching. These are innocent children.
Every single American is a descendant of immigrants. I am horrified by calls from politicians and my own friends who want to keep Syrian refugees out of the U.S., citing terrorist ties.
Keep in mind the following:
- The attacks on Paris were committed by European Nationals (French and Belgian), not Syrian refugees!
- Steve Jobs who is as American and Apple-pie as you can get, is the son of a Syrian immigrant.
- In a recent speech, California House Representative Xavier Becerra noted that not a single refugee of the 750,000 admitted since 9/11/01 has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges.
- The U.S. has a stringent vetting process that we have been employing for decades. We don’t accept anyone randomly.
- If people are so concerned about safety, maybe you should get a head check and think about all the homegrown mass shooting killers like Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary) or James Holmes (Aurora, Colorado movie theater).
- Synonymously, during World War II, politicians were against allowing Europeans (including persecuted Jews) to immigrate to the U.S. How do you feel about those politicians now?
We are a country of immigrants. It is our duty to welcome as many immigrants as possible. They will not take away our jobs. They will not strain our resources. They will not kill us! They are contributing members of society.
Immigration is a positive thing. Let’s open our hearts and our minds.
And finally, to my fellow bloggers, every day we write about life. And life is not always good. That is our reality, that is our truth. There are so many different lenses from which to see this world. I urge you to stand up for your convictions and to use your influence for the greater good.