Hatred roils below the surface, it boils over, it simmers down, out of sight, but always there. Rinse and repeat, memes fly about, the hot topic cycles out, on to the next issue.
Rinse and repeat. Sigh.
…But what happens in between the highlights? Clock bombs and Charlie Hebdo? Brexit and Paris? Muslim bans and failed ban attempts? Deportation Threats and Dinghies capsizing in the Mediterranean?
The truth is that there are more refugees than at any point in the post-World War II era. The truth is that not all refugees have the official title of refugee given to them by the United Nations. And the truth is, every day people who happen to be refugees- people who haven’t stopped being in dire need themselves- perform acts of service, gratitude, humility, bravery, and selflessness all around this ball floating in space.
Let’s put them in the spotlight. Let’s show that refugees, are not as simple as they seem, and there are so many other aspects that make up their lives than just a title. For every vilifying example held up claiming to be a prime example of what a refugee is, let’s hold up a dozen refuting it, showing the good that can outshine the bad. Let’s rally around those examples and each other as we lay genuine and everlasting bridges of peace.
Let’s Refute and Rally.