Via James Fallows, here’s a view of Campaign 2016 from someone who escaped the war in the Balkans for a better life in the U.S.
People think the United States is just casually letting refugees into the country at a rapid rate. You wanna come hang out in America? Sure, come on over right now! You need some shelter? No problem, welcome! That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works, but Donald Trump will have you thinking that.
So here is where it all comes full circle (as I’m sure you’ve been waiting for the connection). I don’t know much about Donald Trump’s policies or political agenda and I’m not even going to pretend to know. But I do I know enough abut Donald Trump. Donald Trump is Slobodan Milosevic. He is a rich, old, white man in power who uses his money and absurdly large media platform to instill fear, hate, and separation with the promise to fix it. Make America great again.
People think things like war and genocide and concentration camps can’t happen in the U.S. We’re too evolved. We’re too rich. We’re too powerful. We’re too something. We’re too everything. Look around. Look at the wedge this man, this election, has created between people. Look at the things he spews from his mouth, the fear he has instilled. Look at the segregation. Look at the riots. Look at the shootings. Look. I mean really look.
Thoughts turn into words turn into actions turn into how did we get here?
My mother brought my brother and I to America for a better life. Cliche, right? No. It’s the truth. She wanted her kids to be raised somewhere they’d be treated like equals. Somewhere they could be themselves. Somewhere they wouldn’t have to worry about the religion they choose to practice, their gender, their sexual orientation, or their ethnicity. Somewhere they wouldn’t be punished or killed for simply just being. Somewhere they wouldn’t be scared.
The Bosnian war ended over 20 years ago. I am 28 years old, living in America now and I am scared.
So am I.