Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke is an awful human being

The shitstorm of stupidity that is emanating from far too many politicians regarding Syrian refugees is just appalling. In particular there are the 31 governors who are saying that they will refuse to accept Syrian refugees in their states, never mind the fact that a) the Syrian passport found on one of the attackers in Paris was planted and b) governors don't make decisions about accepting refugees, that's federal. But the whole idea is despicable.

Many mayors have come out in favor of accepting refugees, in many cases in direct opposition to the governors of their states, including Tallahassee, Chicago, and New York City. I'm no fan of NYC's Mayor Bill de Blasio -- he's an ineffectual moron with his priorities in entirely the wrong places -- but I like this statement he made: "It sends a horrible message to the world. It means we're turning our backs on the people who are the victims of terrorism. ... We're not going to turn our backs on children and families. It's not the American way. It's certainly not the New York City way."

And then we have Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, Virginia, who made a statement on the same side as those 31 governors, saying that Roanoke should suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees until "normalcy is restored." I'm not sure what "normalcy" consists of in this context, but I'd say that no situation that involves refugees even existing could possibly be considered normal. Normalcy is restored when there is no need for refugees, Mr. Mayor.

But that's not why I think Mayor Bowers is an awful human being. It's this paragraph:
I'm reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to American from Isis [sic] now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.

Seriously, Mr. Mayor? Your justification for your stance is to cite as backup one of the most despicable and embarrassing moments in U.S. history????? Oh, by the way, Mr. Mayor? President Roosevelt didn't "sequester" Japanese foreign nationals, he "sequestered" (and what a lovely euphemism for "imprisoned" that is, like they were all jurors being put in a room) American citizens of Japanese descent. That appalling, horrible, awful time in our history is the best reason not to deny refugees.....

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