Brexit: Don’t Mistake Racism for Freedom & Independence

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and turned the world upside down. Some praise it as courageous move where the UK chose to take back their sovereignty. Most see it as a disastrous move that will weaken the EU, but hurt the UK much more (as it already has).

Here’s my take on it: Brexit is plain fear and racism masking itself as sovereignty and independence.

When Our Emotions Hijack Our Politics

When you think of the election, your response puts you in one of three camps. You love candidate A and despise candidate B. You love candidate B and despise candidate A. You despise both candidates and are weighing your options between voting for the lesser evil, voting third party, abstaining, or threatening to leave the country (again).

Most of the conversations I hear tend to revolve around the question, “How did we get here?”

I am a Refugee. And I’m an American.

In another life, I might have been poor. I might have been malnourished. I might have worked long days to make $14 a month. I might have grown up in a post-war environment and been one of the 100,000 people killed from undetonated landmines. I might have struggled under a repressive government.

But I didn’t. It’s all because of the sacrifice of others on my part. I am in the top 1% of the richest people in the world. And I don’t deserve any of it.

We’re Killing Ourselves with Arrogance & Selfishness

Another day, another shooting. The reality that it’s become so normal is more repulsive than the act itself. This most recent one in San Bernardino hits close to home – about 45 minutes away from home. So we go on with our routine. We’re in shock. Then we’re in sadness. Then we’re in anger. Half the people will fight for gun control. The other half will fight to arm people. People will blame mental health, race, and religion. I’d like to believe we’ll get this problem solved soon, but I don’t think we will. Because we’re incredibly arrogant and selfish people.

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