Self-awareness

People fill their FB feeds with fantasies about how amazing, wonderful, idyllic and superior Sweden is and how we urgently need to get just like it. And then when Trump says we should bring in more immigrants from the superior Sweden, they call him a racist. All he does is indulge in the very American pastime of fantasizing about the supposed superiority of blond, blue-eyed Swedes. It’s dumb but it’s equally dumb when people of any political persuasion do it.

I wonder why the fans of diversity in immigration never post any memes about the amazingness of Zimbabwe or Guatemala. It’s all Sweden, Norway, or somebody equally Nordic. If you are incapable of admiring Ghanans or Salvadorans, do you really want them here in order to despise them? And there are things to admire (see my posts on Central American literature.) But nobody seems very enthusiastic.

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  1. Reply to Self-awareness

    I know a significant number of people who love Costa Rica and Panama. I myself love Mexico. I suspect I will begin to love Rwanda, as I learn more about it.

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