I know I shouldn’t be shocked by the world any more, but I am. I always am.
I don’t even know if shocked is the right word. I’m more horrified and disgusted. I don’t quite understand the mentality of some people, who care about nobody but themselves.
If you’re wondering what I mean, then I’ll explain.
Pembrokeshire County Council will accept ten families from Syria in the period up to 2020. This is of course, extremely good news. It could be even better news if we accept more families (because we should), but at least it’s a start.
It’s just sad the amount of people who think it’s the worst thing in the entire world. Just a hand full of the comments read as follows:
- We don’t want them here
- We need to look after our own first
- We’re not baby sitters
- As long as they have to go on a housing list like we do and bid on properties like we do, and wait on the list for years like we do, they are more than welcome
- Let’s be honest, they wouldn’t do the same for us.
- Send them back
The racist views and open bigotry and ignorance is nothing new. It seems as though the majority of people think this way, which is apparent from the result from the EU referendum, with photos like this being used as propaganda. I’m sure this is the image that the people of Pembrokeshire have in their minds, when in actual fact, it’s just ten families.
Readers of my blog will know that the exit vote really angered me. I didn’t expect the exit vote at all, and the amount of people in Pembrokeshire walking around smiling, asking each other if they used a pen and not a pencil was ridiculous. I felt like punching them all in the face.
But, this is when it all started. When people listened to the likes of Nigel Farage and bought into the whole idea of UKIP, turning Britain into a right wing nation.
People were already talking about “closing the borders,” as if a huge wall was about to be built around the coast, in order to keep “them” out.
I know it’s only social media, but I have deleted a lot of friends from Facebook who have said things that are downright racist and ignorant, because I feel like calling the lot of the arseholes. But, you can’t just pick fights or try to educate people, because it’s not worth it.
Clicking delete is much easier. Or unfollow, if you don’t want to offend people.
Which brings me back to my initial point, of how angry I am with people who are just so fucking horrible. Especially men and women who have children.
How can you look at a photo of a dead child on a beach, or a little boy covered in blood and debris from exploded bombs, and still say that you think they shouldn’t be offered a place to stay. Somewhere warm and safe, where they can at least try to forget the unforgettable.
But people are scared. And I understand that.
The world has seen terrorist attacks recently, and I understand that will put fear into people. But, if you allow yourself to be terrorised, then the terrorists have already won.
The clue is in the word, terrorism.
It makes me ashamed to be a part of a Britain that is most certainly not being made “great again,” but in fact bloody awful.
I’ve been told before that I’m “waving the Muslim flag,” just because I don’t have a problem with a woman wearing a burqa or a burkini. But, I actually just believe that people (not just women) should be able to wear what the hell they like.
Some women feel empowered by wearing nothing but bikini bottoms, and some women feel empowered by covering themselves up. What’s the problem?
I know there are more people out there like me who agree, and I know there are even more people out there who will disagree and will think I’m some sort of “terrorist sympathiser,” but in actual fact I just believe in humanity, and beneath it all, we are made of the same stuff.
Give people a chance. We’re all equal.