Immigration Stereotypes: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Kayla Kitchen

English 10/1


28 September 2016

Immigration Stereotypes

“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” (Trump Jr., Donald. Tweet).

In early September of 2016, Donald Trump Jr. posted this tweet about the Syrian Refugee crisis. Later on, reporter for Politico Louis Nelson, claims that the “image was no longer viewable on Trump Jr.’s profile,” (Nelson, Louis. para. 1). due to the uproar of controversy provoked by this tweet. But why is this tweet so offensive in the first place?

People aren’t skittles. There are no rainbows in a land with no hope. The lives of Syrian Refugees immigrating to new lands are in jeopardy and all the Trump campaign can say about it is, “We don’t want you here because you could be a murderer.” Here’s where I, and many others, draw the line. The privileged people Mr. Trump grew up with in a gated neighborhood who had an outstanding education could be murderers and the people being born into the world with a right to documentation in America could be psychopaths.

The Syrian refugee is not specifically our problem. The humanitarians of the world should be coming together, whether from Europe to Canada, to help our fellow people. People’s lives are on the line. People are dying. Not every refugee is going to be a terrorist. There are people out there who are simply victims. The people around the world need to aid our fellow human beings.

People around the world constantly view America as the land of the free, the home of the brave. A land that people can escape to, to have a better life. Secretary of State John Kerry, stated in a State Article that, “[T]he families of two of my predecessors, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, escaped Hitler and Stalin, and they landed on the shores of our county, like so many other American families centuries earlier, all of whom came here yearning and hoping for a brighter future,” (Kerry, John. para. 1). The victims of terrorism yearning to escape war and violence have not come to create more. The risk of being a terrorist does not apply to people of different race because others in their culture have been terrorists before. Not every Muslim or Syrian is an extremist, as is every skittle the color red.

On the contrary, I understand that there is a risk in helping the Syrian Refugees. It takes time, money, and many of our people to save those who have fled their countries in search of a better life. But if people in need of help wash up on our shore and beg for our forgiveness, who are we as a Nation to turn them away?

Instead of worrying about the risks of terrorism, the United States should be helping the fellow people of the world. The fact of the matter is, not every Syrian or Muslim is going to be a terrorist. Not every Syrian refugee is going to be a terrorist, like not every Mexican is going to be a drug dealer.

We, the people of this country, need to stop racializing and labeling people of different culture and or skin color for what people of their religion or ethnicity have done in the past. The color of their skin does not make them a terrorist nor does it have anything to do with being a terrorist. Being a terrorist can be a psychological issue, an unbalance of the chemicals in your brain. Pathological terrorism, a “use of terrorism by individuals who utilize such strategies for the sheer joy of terrorizing others,” (Grothaus, Nick. para. 12). can be among the types of terrorisms extremists are diagnosed with. It does not matter what religion they practice or if they don’t practice at all. People of different race or religion can be born into being a terrorist pathologically. Not just Syrians.

If there were to be a solution, it would be for the people of the United States to come together as a country and unify for the sake of the lives being lost in Syria right now. The world will never begin to be a better place built off of the words of war and hatred. We are all human, and we cannot continue to be hostile towards the people who are in need of our aid. America is built off of a diverse community. We are all made up of the same skin, no matter the color. We must learn to help each other in our times of need. If the Trump campaign is against humanitarian acts like helping our fellow human beings, then I for one do not want Mr. Trump in office.


Works Cited

Grothaus, By Nick. “Types Of Terrorism.” Hand of Reason RSS. Hand of Reason, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.


Nelson, By Louis. “Image on Donald Trump Jr.’s Controversial Skittles Tweet Deleted.” POLITICO. Politico, 28 Sept. 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.


“Syrian Refugee Response.” U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.



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