Last year, we were assured that Europe had to accept Merkel’s Million Muslim Mob because the Syrian civil war was a once in a half-century tragedy, but of course the West didn’t have to accept business as normal migrants from Africa, where the population is forecast by the UN to octuple to almost four billion between 1990 and 2100.
But, now rhetorical momentum is leading the prestige press to change its tune. Discriminating against Africans is … discrimination! Against blacks!
From the NYT op-ed page:
For Europe, Arab Lives Matter More Than Africans’Of course, there are plenty of other countries in sub-Saharan Africa for genuine refugees to go to.
By CHARLOTTE MCDONALD-GIBSON JUNE 22, 2016
… But with the fresh images of human suffering comes an uncomfortable reality: The men, women and children who survive this grueling journey will not be welcomed with the same compassion as the Syrians and Iraqis who have come before them, because a majority hail from Africa.
Like the smugglers who put the poorer sub-Saharan Africans in the holds of trawlers while giving the Syrians the upper deck, Europe has its own two-tier system. The European Union draws a distinction between a genuine refugee and an economic migrant, and people coming from the world’s poorest continent are generally assumed to be the latter. It is a narrative of the “good” migrant and the “bad” one that leads to policies focused on keeping people out and ignores a more nuanced reality.
Twenty-six percent of the world’s refugees are in sub-Saharan Africa.
The largest number of migrants to arrive in Italy so far this year are Eritreans, who are fleeing a dictatorship that the United Nations has accused of crimes against humanity. The second biggest group is Nigerians. The International Organization for Migration has told me that at least 80 percent of Nigerian women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation.Uh, then why should Europe encourage this trafficking?
And many of the people trying to reach Europe this year are not fleeing conflict in their own lands, but in Libya, where they have suffered kidnapping, torture and imprisonment.Uh, so they could avoid conflict just by staying home?
These facts rarely make the news. Sometimes the prejudice is implicit. … Other times it is explicit. Last year, the British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, referred to African migrants as “marauding.” He told the BBC, “Europe can’t protect itself and preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa.”Well, Hillary took care of that old bigot!
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was more blunt about Europe’s prejudices in 2010, when he asked the European Union for five billion euros to stop people leaving Libya. “Europe might no longer be European, and even black, as there are millions who want to come in,” he said. “We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans.”
Colonel Qaddafi’s racist fearmongering seemed to work.Italy had a Trump-like prime minister in Silvio Berlusconi who worked out a deal with Kafaffee to keep Europe from being overrun. But Hillary solved that problem by having Gathathee sodomized to death, so now, problem solved, Europe is being overrun.
Europe cannot be expected to offer a home to every person fleeing poverty or persecution, and European Union governments are right to try to come up with policies that deter people from making the voyage.But not any that would actually work, like Australia’s, much less Israel’s.
But these policies need to be focused on the human rights of migrants whether they hail from Africa or the Middle East. A person’s nationality cannot become shorthand for his or her worth.And there we go.
George Soros’s bank accounts are, of course, completely sacred, but the scarcity value of your citizenship in a first world nation should have zero worth, you racist bigot you.