Does anyone remember this excerpt from the poem, New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, engraved on the Statue of Liberty?
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Cool. Now that we’ve got that little reminder out of the way, let’s look at the ridiculous conversation happening on Twitter right now under the hashtag #SyrianRefugee.
As a Syrian myself, the quick manner in which people jump back and forth on the issue has caused more than a little heartburn. For now, watching the hashtag has proven to be frustrating enough. While more than a few tweets were against bringing in refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, some were still in favor of the ability to bring relief to the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.
Some were optimistic, fighting for the rights of Syrian refugees in the United States. Because, ya know – we’re meant to be the nation that brings in the people with no home.
— Magnificent (@Ironyisfunny8) November 17, 2015
— Ali Goldberg (@alisgberg) November 17, 2015
— WaywardSaint (@Pete_Fernbaugh) November 17, 2015
— Ann-Marie Poli (@annmariepoli) November 17, 2015
— ??#TheResistance?? (@RUBB1SH_1) November 17, 2015
So, I guess what the republicans are saying is; in hindsight we should have never gave sanctuary to jews fleeing the Nazi's? #SyrianRefugee
— Pottopher (@Pottopher1) November 17, 2015
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 17, 2015
— EIRNA (@eirna5) November 17, 2015
Some compared it to the Biblical journey of Mary and Joseph, because they were refugees of Middle Eastern descent:
— Oregon Educator (@oregoneducator) November 17, 2015
I'm glad everyone realizes during this #SyrianRefugee crisis that the Bethlehem innkeeper was the good guy.
— Luke Giordano (@lukegiordano) November 17, 2015
— John Smith (@JS_717) November 17, 2015
— LANA (@4RCAMTEN) November 17, 2015
Others, not so much. What stands out is the sheer lack of understanding, tolerance and empathy for a group of people that – wait for it – were seeking asylum in a time during which they are being blatantly persecuted.
Oh, wait. I forgot that most of these people haven’t really learned the history of their own nation – and why settlers came here to begin with. My bad.
Liberals say we can vet #SyrianRefugee by interviewing their family.
— AlleghenyTableaux (@altoonajason) November 17, 2015
— Trump Agenda (@TrumpAgenda) November 17, 2015
If you support #SyrianRefugee and support them having a home while veterans and Americans sleep on the street. Your part of the problem.
— Larry Bailey (@LBailey520) November 17, 2015
— https://gab.ai/Al_Go (@Al_Gorelioni) November 17, 2015
I don't see any wrong saying refugees need to be checked. If you're a male w/ no family, go back & fight for your country. #SyrianRefugee
— Shananigans (@Shananigans_xx) November 17, 2015