If you have any interest in the news, you have heard about the attack that took place by a stadium in Paris. The attacks on Paris were not the only ones that took place. In addition to Paris, Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) has also claimed responsibility for attacks in Beirut and Baghdad which took place just hours before the ones in Paris.
In light of the attacks, there has been an international backlash against Syrian refugees. The backlash has included attacks on refugee camps, attacks on Mosques in Canada, the US, attacks of Muslim people all over the world. It has also resulted in the US attempting to close its doors to desperate people fleeing from Syria. Politicians are announcing that they are barring their specific corners to refugees in flagrant violations of their own laws, and still others are suggesting measures reminiscent of the Holocaust and the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany before the start of the war.
Why? Because they’ve decided that Syrian refugees pose a safety risk.
Some people have decided that the torrent of refugees is the perfect disguise for any terrorists looking for admittance to the US or any other place where refugees fleeing. This, of course, ignores the realities of the refugee process, and the fact that none of the terrorists have even been found to be Syrian nationals.
The racist and islamophobic rhetoric and actions of the last few days, always seem to be accompanied by apologists asking: “Don’t You Fear Terrorism?”
The question is meant to suddenly make these bigoted measures seem appropriate, because, it’s not racist you see, its self-defense.
But see, here’s the thing. I do fear terrorism.
I fear the terrorists who send threats to people who fight for social justice.
I fear the terrorists who put people’s lives in danger by doxing them.
I fear the terrorist who decides to shoot me or my friends because he’s decided that feminists are to blame for anything that has gone wrong in his life.
I fear the terrorist who walks into a school with a gun because a woman told him no.
I fear the terrorist with a badge who kills people based on the colour of their skin.
I fear the terrorists who see nothing wrong with brutalizing their children because of a disability, or because they are trans, or gay.
I fear the terrorists threatening and murdering people of colour for daring to exist: in churches, universities, in parks playing as children, walking home from the store.
I fear the terrorists who blow up clinics because they disapprove of a woman’s right to choose.
I fear the terrorists in government who use fear to slowly strip us of our rights.
What I don’t fear are children and terrified people fleeing their homes and everything they’ve known, who have watched their homes destroyed, and seen their friends and family killed.
The refugees are not terrorists. The terrorists we are so afraid of grew up right here.