Op Ed: #WeAreAllRefugees
By SARAH TEAGUE
I am more and more frustrated by the western world and its actions against the immigrants to Europe. They are refugees, people! Can no one understand that? Trouble always comes with any group, but it is racist to say that the refugees are somehow worse than the natives. The Prime Minister of Sweden said the other day that he will never allow mass immigration to happen again. Why? Because someone performed a terrorist attack. This makes me feel literally sick.
Before I go on, I have to say terrorism is evil. Everyone knows this. What the PM of Sweden is saying though, and there is no nice way of saying this, is worse than terrorism. He is condemning a group of people based on no evidence. Terrorism is just a reality of living in the west. This is not the end of the world. I know some people support what the Swedish Prime Minister is saying. Typically, they are Trump supporters. Doesn’t that say enough? It should.
The real solution to terrorism is to adapt. It is very wrong to force the refugees to live like Europeans when they come to Europe. I say this for a few reasons. One, they did not choose to be born in a war torn region. Two, they bring diversity with them and it enhances us. These are without question. Diversity is a strength. So racists and patriarchal westerners (is there a difference?) always say that immigrants need to assimilate. But they ignore a fundamental truth. We need to assimilate to the refugees too.
When someone is hurt, you don’t force them to act like you for you to help them. We shouldn’t expect these refugees to convert to western values either. It’s so demeaning. We need to help refugees, and we need to adapt to their way of life more. It shouldn’t be a hard thing to do, and it’s not crazy to say. We have so much, and they have so little. It’s a little bit racist to think that they should be forced to flee their country and also lose their entire way of life. Sometimes that has issues, but the issues are a part of what makes diversity so great. We learn, we grow, and we change.
When they bring diversity to Europe and the West, they help us. In many ways they even help us learn about ourselves. The west has done so much bad to the world. We’ve probably done more bad than good. It’s inhumane to be so hypocritical and not help the refugees. So I want to ask everyone to follow this rule: They are better than us, and we can learn from them! Diversity is a strength. Shout it! DIVERSITY IS A STRENGTH.