It takes a really sick person to run an anti-refugee resettlement blog and engage in anti-refugee activism.
If I believed in reincarnation, I would wish for Ann Corcoran to come back as a pregnant teenage Somali girl. Or a Rohingya asylum seeker in Thailand. Or a gay, disabled Iraqi.
Any of those would be fitting.
Ann’s co-blogger, “Judy W” (Judith Warner) was also born without the compassion gene. A sample of what she writes:
BANGKOK (AP) — Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood star deeply involved in the plight of refugees, has called on the Thai government to respect the human rights of Myanmar’s Rohinyga boat people whom Thai authorities have pushed out to sea in recent weeks, a U.N. spokeswoman said Friday.
Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, are on a visit to Thailand, where on Wednesday they toured one of several camps along the Thai-Myanmar border sheltering refugees from Myanmar’s military regime.
We’re not against respecting human rights, but Jolie needs to get some perspective on the Rohingya. Ann has written 62 posts on this group. Jolie needs to know that they are Muslim, some of them are trained as jihadists, they do not get along with other groups, they are highly aggressive and intimidate other people, and many other facts before she passes judgment.
There’s simply no adjective appropriate for someone like Judy W., at least not that I know of in English.
Some days, I wonder how I would react if I ever met people like Ann Corcoran and Judy W. in person. (When I was a manic, caffeine pill-popping college freshman, I got in trouble with my professor after having a semi-shouting match with a spokesman at the State Department over a human rights issue during a class field trip –true story. I’m a much calmer woman in general now, but I still have trigger issues. ) A former colleague from the refugee resettlement office and I read one of Ann’s attacks on our organization this past summer, and we spent the next couple of days thinking and saying some very un-human rights-y things.
I like Dave over at the Immigrant Rights blog on Change.org, but I feel like he’s way too soft on the army of anti-immigrant trolls in his comment threads. In this fight, there’s no room for nice.