The Allegory of the Skittles by Tom North

Before the Trump-gate bad-mouth-about-women scandal, Donald Trump Jr said that the Syrian refugee problem could be described as follows:

“If I had a bowl of skittles and told you just three would kill you.
Would you have a handful?”

The media did cartwheels in moral outrage and it upset even the company which makes skittles. People posted pictures of distressed children, said to constitute majority of refugees, but not the iPhone holding “V” for victory military age male youth who really did constitute the vast majority of these refugees.
According to the UN itself, only 13 per cent of the Syrian refugees are women, 13 per cent children, but 72 per cent are men, most of military age, who should be home fighting for their women and children:

To refute Trump Jr, it was argued that the chance that someone could be murdered by a refugee was 1 in 3.64 billion, at least for the US.  But considering Europe, given the number of attacks, and sites such as Breitbart and vDare are good sources, the probability figure must be bogus, especially is one broadens the injury from murder to all crimes such as sexual assault. In the case the analogy becomes more appropriate.

As noted by Jim Goad at Taki Mag, September 26, 2016, refugees, last year in Germany alone, committed over 200,000 crimes, and a quarter of those refugees were Syrian.
As Trump Jr noted in reply:

“I’m not comparing someone to candy. I’m using it as a … statistical thing. We have to be careful who we let into this country. You’ve seen what’s going on in Europe – and this is not just about terrorists. It’s about the rape statistics that have gone on there.”

Goad quotes a 2015 study that found that 13 percent of Syrian refugees have a “positive to some extent” opinion of ISIS. With a massive influx there are sure to be more than a few bad “skittles.” See:

Wasn’t it Benjamin Franklin who in 1736 wrote: “The rotten apple spoils his companion”?

The “bad apple” metaphor can be found in early English literature such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Better for those guys with the xenophobe brush too! Still, I bet that if you did hand a Leftoid a bowl with three of the many skittles poisoned, they wouldn’t risk their skins by taking a handful. Because they do not personally suffer from the consequences of their worldview, talk is always cheap.

There are some applications of the “skittles” principle that apply or misapply to Australia.
I have, in my “profession” (well, a job), dealt with Sudanese people, many with professional qualifications who are struggling to find work. There is nothing wrong with these people who have done the right thing. In fact, most of the people I deal with searching for work, are decent people, who are slowing being crushed by the system. But the Sudanese have an unemployment rate of 28.6 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate of 5.7 percent. Some academics have said that this is prejudice from employers because of names – although one study involved sending thousands of “fictional resumes” to employers, which apart from being unethical research (fictional resumes are false, lies), may indicate that employers detected the deception. But, it could be racial prejudice, which is admittedly unusual given that business is so pro-immigration and falls over itself to be diverse and multicultural.

The problem with the “name” prejudice is that the Sudanese seem to suffer badly even if they have Anglo names. The problem may be the unjustified “bad” associations because of a few youths engaging in “anarchy” in Melbourne in the African Apex gang.  For example, a headline from the, September 16, 2016, reads: “Apex Anarchy in Melbourne: Pregnant Woman, 24, Attacked with a Hammer ‘By Four Members of the Violent Sudanese Gang’ Who Were Also Carrying a Baseball Bat and an Axe.”
This sounds like something out of a movie.

These situations, intensified by the media, create a climate of fear which harm the interests of the rest of a decent, hardworking community. And, contrary to the skittles metaphor, the crime breakers can be identified and hopefully dealt with before the Sudanese community is harmed further.

Some Sudanese parents are so concerned with their youth that they are sending them back to Africa for relatives to “sort out,” which hopefully will do some good.



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