WTF Friday, 11/20/2015

What a week.

The internet had to collectively suspend Godwin’s Law with regard to the Syrian refugee crisis, as U.S. politicians approvingly cited the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and proposed a national Muslim registry. (I have personally used the word “shameful” more times in the last four days than in the previous 10 years put together.) And the people and agencies working to provide safe harbor to families being resettled can’t do their jobs because of death threats.

It’s a lot to absorb. So let’s take a quick look on the bright side, shall we?

Here’s Jay Inslee, governor of Washington, promising that his state will continue to welcome refugees:

I have always believed that the United States is a place of refuge for those escaping persecution, starvation or other horrors that thankfully most in America will never experience.

And this is Connecticut governor, Dannel P. Malloy, explaining why he welcomed a family of Syrian refugees into his state, after they were refused by Indiana:

It is the right thing, the humane thing to do.

Meanwhile, faith groups and local communities are organizing to show solidarity and educate the public.

And finally, George Takei is ON IT.

Kate Cronin-Furman

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