Hashtag Rage: #refugeesnotwelcome

RefugeesNotWelcomeMemeI mostly enjoy my time on Twitter, probably due to the fact I’ve carefully designed my Twitter feed to only include like-minded people. We all have a great time agreeing with each other and sharing our outrage at the same things and maintaining this echo-chamber of pleasantries. That’s not to say I don’t partake in Twitter wars when the inevitable ‘I don’t agree with you’ moments arise, but these wars are still usually quite civil as they’re with people I agree with on most things and therefore can tolerate to converse with when I’m right and they’re wrong. But then there are moments when you see the dark side of Twitter, when you’re searching for something else or you’re curious about a trending hashtag, or your sister texts you to say there’s a vile thing happening on Twitter that I really must see to believe so I understand the level of outrage required. The hashtag #refugeesnotwelcome is one of those moments. Brace yourself, you’re not going to like it.

Refugees are invading

So you know how there are Syrian families fleeing Syria’s brutal Bashar al-Assad regime which has killed over 100,000 Syrians and there are also Syrian families fleeing ISIS who are trying to turn Syria and the rest of the Middle East into a depraved-violent-raping-stoning-killing-violent-horror-story-worst-than-the-worst-thing-you-can-even-imagine hell-on-earth? Well these innocent people who are fleeing for their lives, terrified, displaced by war and extreme terror, are literally being accused of ‘invading’ other countries. Yes, people really are this xenophobic and nasty and we really do have to share the earth with these people.

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Not welcome in Ludlow

Katie likes to spend her days posting beautiful photos of the scenery around her beautiful home in Ludlow, reminding the world how lucky she is to live in a beautiful country with old castles and picturesque villages. How lovely. Oh, and she also likes to remind people that she doesn’t want people fleeing the horrors of war to enjoy a place as lovely as Ludlow. Charming.

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Poster boy Farage

The UK #refugeesnotwelcome crowd have a racist political poster boy who gives them permission to be racist out loud instead of just in their heads – Nigel Farage, leader of UK racist party UKIP. I would put money on the assumption that every single UK Tweep who uses the hashtag #refugeesnotwelcome voted for Farage and love to spread the propaganda (bullshit) message that Syrian refugees are economic migrants. Don’t look up on Wiki how many votes Farage got because it will make you sad/mad.

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Flying the racist flag for Team America

Not to be outdone by the racists in the UK, the US also have their fair share of Tweeps using #refugeesnotwelcome. And of course they also think Obama is Muslim and that he’s just pretending not to be Muslim so he can wage a #Jihad on his own people. It sounds pretty loony doesn’t it. Scary fact is I would also assume each and every person who shares this view of Obama is also armed with at least one gun, if not a full arsenal. Legally.

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Racism in a meme

They have their own racist memes too. This suggestion that Syrians should stay and fight is particularly nasty when you consider that an unarmed civilian ‘fighting’ against Assad’s chemical weapons is like asking someone standing on a beach to fight against a tsunami wave. If this tweeter’s child was at risk of being killed by their own government, or sold into slavery and gang-raped by ISIS, would they grab their pitchfork and stay and fight or would they get the hell out of there anyway they could?

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Not making any sense

Some of them have me really confused. Like this one. Her tweet says there is no #refugeecrisis and that the people fleeing Syria aren’t really refuges and are rather just illegal economic migrants who for some reason don’t quality as refugees since they’re single men (a common complaint by racists about Syrian refugees). But then the meme seems to concede that the men are fleeing a warzone, which technically does officially mean they are refugees. And even more peculiarly, the grainy old war image of the young blonde soldiers seems to be applauding German men for moving ‘into a war zone’ – which I definitely thought no one would be game to bring up at this point since Germany has surely learned not to mention the world wars where they invaded Europe, killing millions. Weird.

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Now for something much more edifying

You can see why I did not enjoy scrolling #refugeesnotwelcome and felt the need to cleanse myself by sharing my outrage with all of you. You’re welcome. Just so I don’t have to leave you with all this bile, hateful, racist, nasty propaganda, this is a Tweet I loved which really is the perfect common-sense argument-destroyer that makes null and void all the misinformation shared about Syrian refugees on the #refugeesnotwelcome hashtag. Facts, glorious, simple and efficiently satisfying facts. Also note the number of re-tweets on this one. Twitter can be my friend again now.

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3 Comments on “Hashtag Rage: #refugeesnotwelcome”

  1. Gina says:

    I can’t stand the level of ignorance and misinformation that some people buy into. I’m sure that anyone (irrespective of where they are in the world) were faced with such atrocities, they too would run and seek refuge elsewhere. We’re all human trying to live a life that is safe and nurturing. Instead, when humans if the world are faced with danger, we condone their actions, we seek to justify our own selfishness, and conveniently forget that they are no different to us. Flesh and blood, breathing human beings wanting a fair go in life. Now. What’s wrong with this? I ask?

    Well put!

    • Tony Gibson says:

      You & Ms Victoria have been reading too many leftwit glossies extolling the false narrative that we have a ‘humanitarian’ obligation to provide sanctuary to uncivilised Muslims fleeing their self-inflicted drama.
      You are both ignorant of the historical background to the Syrian conflict.
      For further information, please refer to my comments below

  2. Tony Gibson says:

    Dear Victoria,
    You showcase your ignorance when playing advocate for refugees fleeing Syria to be welcomed into Australia & other Western countries. The primary drivers behind this war are the theocratic doctrines of Islam. Islam is the root cause for all the tensions, conflicts and wars of the Middle East since 632AD, when the Muslim Arabs went on a conquest of that region and North Africa. As their infallible prophet Muhammad had done for the ten years prior in the Arabian Peninsula: they forcibly subjugated all whom they conquered to the laws of Islam. Death or the jizya (tax) were the two options these conquered peoples faced. They were mostly Byzantine Christians in what is now Syria and Iraq, and they were made to feel the full weight of subjugation if they refused to convert to Islam. These people have been second tier dwellers in their ancestral lands for last fourteen centuries under the yoke of Islam. To offer Muslims from these countries a place in our country is to invite the barbarian into the communities of the civilised. The only people who should be given refugee status are the Christians of that region. Our settlement of 15,000 mostly Muslim ‘refugees’ from Lebanon from 1976 to 1981 has proved to be a disaster. They were Shia Muslims, many of whom settled in and around Lakemba and now Western & South West Sydney are places where violence and crime are rife. They refuse to integrate because Islam prohibits the interaction of Muslims with the kafir. Sunni & Shia believe in the same Qur’an and have Muhammad’s life to emulate as the ‘perfect’ life. He was a mass murderer, rapist, thief, misogynist, pedophile, liar… This man is their inspiration, like Jesus is to Christians, only Jesus didn’t carry or use a sword nor did he given such instruction to his followers. Jesus and Muhammad are opposites in history, and history has proven that Western Christendom has been successful as a result while the Islamic world has languished because of its inhumane treatment of their own and more importantly their repression of the ‘other’. One more Muslim into this country is one more enemy to our traditions and values. You can continue to gloss over history and pretend we ‘owe’ these wretches something, but you’d be in denial and assisting in the eventual demise of this this country for future generations of Australians.


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