Here we are again. Another firestorm of debate surrounding taking in refugees ignited by a terrorist action in a first world nation. Considering the progression of the discussion is a maudlin sort of affair.
Religious extremists bomb Paris. Awful. Western social media explodes with coverage and people expressing solidarity with the French. Which is good... but it shows how racist that caring is when we realize that recent terrorist attacks in countries that aren't white got no such response.
That doesn't mean that everyone who publicly supports France is being racist, but it shows us that in aggregate Western society pays attention to people based on race. We share and care about terrorism in France in ways that we don't when the location is Beirut instead. We should all take this as a lesson that we need to stop Othering people in countries that are culturally or racially different than our own. We need to stop ignoring their suffering, and only paying attention when one of our own tribe is in trouble.
Far worse though are the people using this as a platform to complain about immigration and refugees. That isn't systemic racism revealed by examining actions in aggregate, no, it is just straight out racism. The refugees are fleeing IS. They are running away from the exact same group that masterminded the murders in Paris. They are looking for a new home, a place of safety away from the chaos in Syria.
I said it before and I will say it again. We have a moral obligation to help refugees. But we don't need to help them solely because of moral obligation as taking in refugees results in economic benefits for the country in question over time. We are making the world a better place by helping desperate people in dire need, and in the end we will help ourselves too.
Anyone desperate to use this event as a platform to rail against refugees coming to their nation is just trying to cover their bigotry in the cloak of safety or frugality, both of which are ridiculous, trivially falsifiable arguments. Maybe that bigotry is cultural imperialism, maybe it is racism, maybe it is religious discimination, or perhaps some combination of the three. But in no way should we condone this nonsense and it should be called out for what it is.
The way to push back against IS isn't to toss more bombs at cities or to build walls against desperate civilians. It is to welcome with open arms the people displaced by their violence, to help those still in harm's way with food and medicine, and to set an example of living well and lovingly. There are many ways to stir up a potential bomber to fanatical levels, but "Go kill those people who help those in need of a home and who cure the sick and feed the hungry" doesn't generally do it, but "Go kill those people who bombed your hometown" sure does.