“Anti-refugee rhetoric” fueling controversy in southern elections
Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 13, 2016
So says a publication called ‘Facing South.’
I want you to read this story (even if you don’t live in the south).
I found it interesting because of its implication that once again southerners are anti-foreigner, but I do want to make it clear that the concern about pouring third world poverty into any state North, West, East or South is growing, and that it is a concern that was growing long before Donald Trump came on the scene.
Security concerns are also driving citizens to get organized politically as well.
In fact as I wrap up my ‘listening tour’ of the heartland, I can assure you that changing America by changing the people is not sitting well anywhere.
From reporter Allie Yee:
“Southern states like Tennessee, South Carolina and Alabama have had some the fastest rates of growth nationally among their foreign-born populations. And while immigrants make up only a small share of most Southern states’ population — and refugees an even smaller share — the arrival of new languages, complexions, cultures and religions has elicited reactions from local communities ranging from wariness to outright hostility and even violence.
The anti-refugee reaction is intertwined with the rise of anti-Islamic sentiment in the region.”
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