Today I received some information on something called The Somali Documentary Project. Its goal is to document the “glory and the pain” of the worldwide migration of Somalis. And, it seeks to educate host countries about the Somalis in hopes that respect and “justice” will follow.
Huh? “Justice” is part of the “radical” lingo I’ve been telling you about here, probably right out of some chapter in Community Organizing 101. We are all supposed to melt and say, well of course we want “justice.” What the heck? Where is the “justice” for the people who don’t want their communities overrun with any group of new people.
How about if a million Americans migrated to some country and just said, here we are, we want to stay and we demand respect. We want to keep our language, build our churches, we want special accomodations and jobs and healthcare and educations. Would we, the Americans, be on the “justice” side of the equation?
Now you are probably saying we (not me!) did that to the Native Americans. It was not a good thing, so why is it now a good thing that the whole world wants to come here and do it to us?
Why don’t local folks who don’t want “change” have rights? Remember that phrase you probably used as a kid to some know-it-all bully, “Who died and made you king?” That’s what I am saying to all those spouting “change uber alles” garbage.
How about a documentary project that chronicles some American town that doesn’t want to change and whose citizens are proud to say so!
When the Virginia Council of Churches called Hagerstown, MD “unwelcoming” last year, some of us joked about a road sign entering town that might say, “Welcome to the most unwelcoming town in America.”
By the way, this is one wierd website, you can’t even copy any of it.
* Yeh, diaspora is one of those chic words. It means people spread out from their homeland. You know, like many Americans are part of the English diaspora. Actually I’m a part of the German and Irish diaspora. But, really the word doesn’t get used for us. You never hear of the Chinese diaspora either. Come to think of it, it is primarily used for people other people are trying to get sympathy for.