Another day, another senseless act of violence, another show of meaningless 'solidarity' by changing a facebook picture, all the while ignoring the terrible things that happen to people around the world, people who look less like you.
Yup. It's good to be home.
Since the events in Paris this week, a mosque in Peterborough was deliberately set fire. A woman near Toronto was punched in the stomach, the hijab ripped from her head while she was called a fucking terrorist and told to go back where she came from.
People disgust me, yo.
It's exhausting, explaining to people, so-called Christians, people who supposedly worship a man who decried pointing out the splinter in another's eye while ignoring the beam in your own, that all terrorists are not muslims and all muslims are not terrorists.
But I'm privileged in that if I don't feel like speaking up, I don't have to.
I'm tired of trying to explain that the refugees fleeing Syria are NOT the threat.. they're running from the same threat.
And I will fucking scream if one more person talks about 'taking care of our own first' while doing fuck-all to actually help the homeless and the mentally ill.
Homeless people need help. Yes. No shit.
The mentally ill need help. Again, no big revelation there.
Refugees need help.
None of these things need to cancel the others out. If we have problems with mental health access and homelessness, it's not because of a piddling number of what... 25,000 refugees? That is 0.07% of this country's entire population. Not even an entire tenth of a percent.
That's one town. One rather small town.
The mentally ill and the homeless aren't going to suffer because we accept a small town's worth of refugees. They're suffering because of multiple governments that had already forsaken them several times over, governments supported by people who ignore the homeless and shit on people who have to rely on government assistance, but trot them out as an argument for having to 'take care of our own'.
The people complaining don't actually care about the homeless. One person in a thread said that "The money has to come from somewhere."
Yes, it does. Probably taxes. I'm okay with that. I'm willing to pay taxes if it means homeless people, mentally ill people, and refugees all get help they need (btw, there's overlap in these groups, in case you didn't know). Fuck yeah. Sign me up.
If you actually care about homeless people, then I hope you're speaking up just as loudly when MP's and MPP's and municipal politicians are giving themselves raises every year. I hope you're fighting for better access to affordable and emergency housing. I hope you're donating to food banks more than just at Christmas and Thanksgiving. I hope you're fighting for legislation that prevents discrimination against people with mental illness or people with criminal records*, things that often lead to people being unable to support themselves.
But don't trot out the homeless to support your bigotry by saying "We need to take care of our own."