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The mayor of Dallas is pushing back against politicians who say Americans should be skeptical of Syrian refugees, saying he is “more fearful” of armed white men than people fleeing civil war in the Middle East.
Speaking to MSNBC on Saturday morning, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was asked to discuss the growing anxiety over Syrian refugees entering the United States, purportedly due to concerns they could be potential agents for militant groups such as ISIS. Rawlings staunchly rejected the assertion that Syrians are somehow uniquely prone to violence, saying he is more concerned with the rise of white supremacy and the recent flurry of mass shootings committed by white men.
“I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue,” Rawlings said.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Considering he lives in a gated almost exclusively white community and likely sends any kids he has to a mostly white school, he looks pretty stupid.
So I chalk his comment up to the same diarrhea of the mouth Ray Nagin had after Katrina when he made his infamous chocolate city comments.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Spider879
I don't "fear" either one, if by fear you mean constantly look over my shoulder. It is very easy for people to conflate refugees with terrorists who use the refugees as a convenient camouflage to move at will in order to score political points. The same people who do this also conflate love and sex for the same kind of political points.
I've got nothing against true refugees. I have everything against those who would come into my country to wreak random havoc, and you should too. Admitting that does make you anti-refugee. It actually makes you smart.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: ketsuko
And I have nothing against people who own guns that don't want to do any harm, but everything against those that are looking to wreck random havoc.
It is like a pack of wild dogs, you don't know who are the good ones.
So we should probably let states refuse who can have them or make sure the vetting process is extreme.
originally posted by: muse7
Well most of the terrorist attacks we've had in this country have been committed by white men...so he does kinda have a point
originally posted by: introvert
I don't fear armed white men for the same reasons Seagull mentioned, but I have to agree that we are more at risk from the extreme Right in this country that has been ramping-up it's hateful rhetoric and propaganda, than from Muslim extremists.
originally posted by: Antipathy17
OP, maybe this just shows that the word terrorists has been nothing more than fear mongering. There are no terrorists, just good people and bad. Some just happen to be further down the spectrum.