Latest.com shared a meme on Facebook that, as of this posting, has over 21,500 “likes.” The meme is a photograph of an American Indian, and the caption reads: “Let me get this straight. You’re afraid of refugees coming to America, killing you, and taking your property?”
The comments section is brimming with affirmations such as “Right on!” and “Love this!” Sure, there is some dissent, but the fact that more than 21,500 people clicked the like button means that at least 21,500 people are completely retarded–sorry, learning disabled–because the meme presents a straw man.
First, let’s set aside the facile thinking that takes a complicated situation and reduces it to an 18-word bite, as well as the potential historical inaccuracies, and take the meme at its word. Now let’s break this into two pieces, because there are two essential problems here.
The first issue with this meme is that it’s a straw man. The basement-dweller who created this meme likely fancies himself a pipe-smoking intellectual, but he completely misrepresents the issue.
The American people are not afraid of refugees killing them and taking their property, they are simply wary of thousands of people entering the United States who cannot be properly vetted–specifically because two of the perpetrators of the terror attack in Paris arrived in Greece as alleged Syrian refugees.
James Comey, the director of the FBI, said refugees coming from Syria would be difficult to vet with any degree of certainty because of the chaos in Syria. Is it not rational then that we be reticent? Is it not rational to say that in an era of mass-casualty attacks by Islamic radicals–radicals who have already proven that they can hide among refugees–that we take a breath to asses the situation before opening the gates to potential dangers? Apparently not. We’re just bigots.
Additionally, who said we’re afraid the refugees will take our property? I’ll tell you who: The mouth-breather who created the meme.
Second, and possibly most important, the meme disproves itself. If we take the meme at face value, the question must be asked: How’d that work out for the Indians?