We need to stop giving in to fear and accept the cultural and historical responsibility of our founding fathers by accepting those in need. Our Statue of Liberty is not a mere object of curiosity but one of our nation's most basic tenants. This country was built by immigrants and refugees. Our cultural legacy (at least, the more salable part of it) is one of outcasts coming together and synthesizing disparate cultures and values into something better. By denying these people, you are denying your civil duty as an American; you are no better than those who denied the Irish, the Chinese, the Jews, the Italians, the Vietnamese, the Cubans, the Mexicans--the list goes on. All of these groups suffered discrimination at one point or the other (and many still do). Stop repeating history, learn from it.
I'm not a liberal nor a right-winger. I implore you to study the history of immigration to this country. Every single group has initially suffered the same backlash these Syrian refugees are facing; oftentimes, it turned violent. But what happened, time after time? They became integrated into and contributed to the fabric of our nation. I'm not spouting liberal ideology, but historical fact.
We perceive the modern world as "more out of hand" because we live in the age of information and a 24 hour news cycle. In fact, we statistically live in the most peaceful time in history. Besides that, the state of the world in the face of our civil duty is absolutely irrelevant: we are Americans, no matter what. Do you think the inscription on the Statue of Liberty is a joke, something to be disregarded?
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
If nothing else, that inscription summarizes what it means to be an American. It's our cultural legacy, and denying these refugees now (when we've already accepted 10's of thousands of them in the past two years, btw) would be denying that legacy and our citizenship.
I live on a college campus and this gets tossed around like every fucking day.
Cultural re-appropriation does not exist in the sense that you think it does. What you would call "re-appropriation," I would call voyeurism. Let's not forget the fact that this has been happening since the beginning of civilization. If people would just crack open a fucking history book this wouldn't even be a serious topic of conversation.
The Aramaeans were a Semitic people who originated in Ethiopia before spreading across the Middle East. You know how Judaism is credited with "inventing" monotheism? It was actually the Aramaeans; Arabic and Hebrew are derivatives of Aramaeic, and people in Ethiopia today speak a different version of the same language.
Soo...the three biggest religions in the world (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) came from the same source, in effect. That's not even talking about how creation myths of early civilizations and in the Bible itself are all really similar--re-appropriated, for instance.
Are you eating pizza right now? YOU BETTER DROP THAT SHIT BRO. WHY ARE YOU COMMITTING VIOLENCE AGAINST ITALIANS BY EATING PIZZA?
Oh oh oh, also, you better avoid certain words in the English language, because some of them are French in origin. Also Latin. Also...a whole lot of shit.
When Alexander rolled up into Persia, he established Greek culture in that part of the world; this is why the Eastern half of the Roman Empire spoke fucking Greek. When he did that, certain Persian people fled to India and established Mumbai and even settled the Silk Road; for these parts of the world, Persian was the language of choice.
Jesus H. Christ, half of the ancient's world's most successful civilizations succeeded in part because they assimilated everyone else instead of annihilating them. This extends all the way back to Xerxes I of Persia (I could be wrong about the name, forgive me). Egypt co-opted Greek / Roman gods and vice versa, etc.
I could go on and fucking on about this. These types of cultural exchanges are necessary and ultimately good. If you're a 19 y/o SJW talking about this nonsense, shut the fuck up and educate yourself.
1. Be who you want to be, identify how you want, pat yourself on the back.
2. This does not change your DNA.
3. But I will happily recognize your identity and do my best to respect it.
4. But don't get mad at me about fucking pronouns and say "societal constructs taught you blah-fucking-blah"
5. Wow, it's almost like hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have HARDWIRED US TO RECOGNIZE TWO GENDERS
6. But we're capable of higher reason so, yes, I can learn.
7. But please, for the love of fuck, stop wielding this topic like a weapon.
8. I'm not out to "get you," or "disregard your identity"
9. I just want you to recognize that no one is actually abolishing social constructs
10. You're just building new and increasingly complicated ones
11. This is not how deconstruction works
12. Thomas Pynchon is laughing his ass off right now