Europe Learning About Race Relations The Hard Way
Being a Polish-American and a dual citizen, some of my fondest memories go back to when I visited my family in Europe. As most people familiar with Europe could probably guess, I have familial ties not just in Poland but also in other European countries like the United Kingdom and Germany (this is of course due to the large number of Poles who have migrated abroad since the collapse of socialism in the 1990s).
I enjoyed it so much because Europe generally has beautiful architecture, very nice people, and a deep-rooted identity and sense of history that literally goes back thousands of years – something that is severely lacking among most Americans.
Something that I found funny visiting Europe, however, was how some of my family members and acquaintances there would question me about America. One thing they would question me about was religion in America – this was during the George W. Bush administration when liberals everywhere were hilariously convinced that the United States was on the verge of becoming a Christian theocracy. Other questions I fielded included ones about racism in America – questions that at the time took me aback, simply because I never thought about race much as a child. Someone even asked me how I felt about “the blacks” – a question which, looking back at it today, I find absolutely hilarious.
I find these sentiments darkly humorous today not only because of how contradictory they are – all of these European liberals damning an entire country and its people as evil, bigoted, and mean-spirited – but also because of the position of ignorance from which they were making those judgments. Most of Europe at the time was still pretty homogeneous – much more so than America. Yet these white Europeans, many of whom at the time rarely interacted with any person of color, were trying to preach to me about racism on a continent they’ve never even visited.
It’s difficult to explain to people who are committed to egalitarianism, especially those who have lived in relatively homogeneous communities for most of their lives, the problems with diversity. Not only are their egalitarian beliefs reinforced every single day in school, the mainstream media, and by politicians, but they also lack the real-world experience of living with diversity that could chip away at their establishment-propagated beliefs.
But this is changing rapidly in Europe. More than 20 percent of people living in countries like Germany, Belgium, and Sweden today are from migrant backgrounds – many of whom are from Turkish, Arab, African and other backgrounds that are alien to Europe on every level: racial, cultural, and religious.
Unsurprisingly these recent waves of migration have caused minority ghettos to form. Naturally, migrants from non-white and non-Christian countries tend to congregate in certain areas like Malmö, Sweden and Molenbeek, Belgium. These migrants then unalterably change the culture of these neighborhoods, causing white flight. As it turns out, Europeans are for the first time learning that all people naturally prefer to be around others who look and act like themselves.
But in addition to creating ghettos out of once beautiful European neighborhoods, these migrants are bringing their criminal and economic problems to Europe. In Sweden, for example, youth in minority ghettos openly brandish AK-47s and hand grenades, murder and rape spiked by 10% in 2016, and 36% of young Swedish women now feel unsafe according to The Times. In Germany more than 90% of the increase in crime from 2015 to 2016 was attributable to migrants, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, 75% of refugees in Germany face long-term unemployment and Sweden faces similar problems with migrant unemployment. And more likely than not these numbers actually understate the problem due to the governments of Western and Northern Europe actively suppressing information regarding migrant crime rates and unemployment.
For the first time in their lives, Europeans are learning that race relations aren’t simply about whites treating non-whites better – it isn’t a one-way street. As they’re now learning, race relations are deeply complicated by differences in crime rates, employment, average intelligence, and so on. And while a minority of non-whites can easily assimilate and integrate into white society, this simply isn’t the case for the vast majority – especially when a large number of migrants are brought in within a short period of time and allowed to live in their own ethnic enclaves.
With this increasing exposure to the realities of diversity and group differences, hopefully Europeans will learn their lesson fast and abandon the pipedream of egalitarianism and open borders before it’s too late for them to save Western Civilization.