You’ve heard the claim, whether spoken plainly or implied: America is deeply racist.
The United States hates anyone with dark skin, or so the narrative goes. We can’t stand foreigners and see everyone else as inferior.
Take this recent September piece in Time Magazine, for instance. Princeton University professor Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. bemoaned how “Americans have grown comfortable with racism resting just beneath the surface of our politics,” stating this as accepted fact with only vague anecdotes to back it up.
The view that Americans are xenophobic and racist pervades the media, but is it true? A recent study from the Pew Research Center suggests not.
It turns out that the U.S. is actually rather open and welcoming to different races from all over the world who want to come to our country … and there are many other nations who are far less welcoming.
“As the number of international migrants reaches new highs, people around the world show little appetite for more migration — both into and out of their countries,” the non-partisan research group explained.
Pew surveyed people in 27 different countries, and found an interesting trend: A high number of nations around the world are not open to increased immigration from foreigners. The United States, however, is among the most welcoming of all countries.
“Across the countries surveyed, a median of 45% say fewer or no immigrants should be allowed to move to their country,” Pew discovered. “Just 14% say their countries should allow more immigrants.”
European countries have historically been a hotbed of migration, particularly in recent years under the European Union. But Pew found that several EU nations which have been magnets for asylum-seekers and refugees are largely fed up with those foreigners, and would like to see them leave.
“In Europe, majorities in Greece (82%), Hungary (72%), Italy (71%) and Germany (58%) say fewer immigrants or no immigrants at all should be allowed to move to their countries,” Pew reported.
What do those places have in common? “Each of these countries served as some of the most popular transit or destination countries during Europe’s recent surge in asylum seekers.”
According to the study’s findings, only 29 percent of Americans said that there should be fewer or no immigrants coming to the United States. Only Canada and Japan had lower percentages of people saying the same, which means that Americans are actually among the most welcoming to immigrants.
It’s a similar story when the flip side of the same question is examined. Twenty-four percent of Americans said that they’d like to see more immigrants. While not a giant number, that’s among the highest in the world, with only Spain having more citizens who wanted to welcome more migrants.
In other words, the U.S. is second in the world when it comes to supporting more immigration to their country.
Once again, a frequent charge leveled at Americans by many leftists and other nations has fallen on its face when the real facts are examined.
As conservatives have pointed out for years, there’s a huge difference between illegal and legal immigration. This distinction seems to be constantly lost on the media and the left, which accuse citizens of xenophobia and racism for wanting our border laws enforced.
The fact of the matter is that the United States already welcomes over a million legal immigrants, every single year.
Being against law-breakers while still acknowledging that America is a nation of immigrants isn’t as inconsistent as many voices would have you believe.
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