I don't exactly understand how people make fun of "immigrants" or people who, in North American, aren't usually of European descent.
I understand why they do it (in-group, out-group bias paired with a BSL narrative, paired probably trying to scapegoat problems with a simple narrative) but it still confuses me.
- We are all immigrants. 50-100 years ago, people were probably chirping your grandparents because they were immigrants. How do you think that would have made them feel? So why would you want to make someone — who pretty much could be your grandparent with a role of the genetic lottery dice — feel shitty? —> I'm thinking that one of the reasons they work so hard is because people chirp them and they want to prove the haters wrong. Which probably isn't great for their psychological well-being but nonetheless, they work incredibly hard.
- Immigrants, generally speaking, are some of the most hardest working people I know. A lot of them know how lucky we are in North America to live in the standards that we live in and they want to make the most out of the opportunity they've got. Us — i.e. traditional North Americans — I think we've become very complacent. We want rights without the responsibility that comes with it.
- They have new and fresh and interesting perspectives. We can take the best of what they bring to the table and blend it into what we already have. That's why I've historically appreciated Canada, primarily compared to The US. I see us (Canada) as a place where we are a cultural quilt — we can add in the best parts of others' backgrounds to make something even more beautiful then just requiring people assimilate into what we already have.
Written: November 16, 2020