Monday, January 30, 2017

Regarding Trump's recent immigrant fiasco

'I hope this hits close enough to home so as to awaken you from your contented slumber' says Joshua Brown in his latest article on the Reformed Broker blog. It sure did for me. Brown highlights the long history of ugly, explicit racist sentiment that has been pervasive across the continent over the years. It's pretty cold stuff. Have a read.

Before we get self-righteous about the horribleness that we are seeing across the pond, we should remember that Europe has it's own version of this woeful history. I remember growing up in the 1980s when we wouldn't go a certain park because it was where skinheads hung out, and if you crossed their path you might get you head 'bashed in'. I remember when children openly told hateful racist jokes in the playground. I remember when nationalists and skinheads marched down the streets, and when we sealed up our letter box in fear of petrol bombs being posted. I remember walking home from school one day when I saw I really brutal fight taking place - it was a racist attack I was told to move on out of there as quickly as possible.

I am a definitely an optimist when I look at the trends of violence and the onward and upward march of human freedoms in general, but this episode serves as a reminder that one mustn't get complacent, because as much as we don't want to admit it, horrible live underneath the thin veneer of everyday civility, monsters with an an ancestory that stretches all the way back into past centuries.

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