POLITICS (International, National): Immigration, ethnic tension, commentary (Richard Cohen): "The rising storm of ethnic tension in Europe and the U.S." ....
* Washington Post (Richard Cohen): "The rising storm of ethnic tension in Europe and the U.S." - From the WP:
Let me tell you about my boat. It has a single mast and a cabin at the stern. It is painted white with a red stripe at the water line. I bought it in Denmark, at the port where in 1943 Danish fishermen and others transported most of the country’s Jews to safety in neutral Sweden. My boat measures 5 inches long. It is as huge as the human heart.
The doughty Danes, so wonderful in World War II, have now turned churlish. They seize the jewelry and other valuables of Syrian and other migrants seeking to enter the country. This is not the same as barring the migrants, but it shows what happens when a bighearted people get scared. Much of Europe is now scared.
America is little different. Donald Trump urged that all Muslims be temporarily barred from entering the United States, and almost instantly many Republicans followed suit. In announcing for the presidency in June, he cited Mexican immigration as a major problem — a wave of immigrants that supposedly included more than the average number of rapists and other sorts of criminals. They were taking our jobs and our women. It is a message ripped from the heart of white racism.
Mexico and Central America are to the United States what the Arab world is to Europe. In Europe, it is Arabs who allegedly run sexually amok. It is Arabs, too, who purportedly threaten to overwhelm local European cultures, just as the effect of Hispanic immigration here can be seen in signage and heard in public-address announcements — Spanish, as well as English.
Trump and the other Republican presidential candidates live in a firehouse that only sounds four alarms . . . . . . . .
In both Europe and the United States, the present moment is touted as the inevitable future. But ....................