Emmanuel and Oretha Roberts, blind refugees from Liberia, are conducting a singing campaign in order to have their loved ones join them from Liberia. A headline from The Columbian reads “Survivors sing to help others escape.” The article, describing the horrors the Roberts had endured in Liberia, concludes:
“America is a good place, a wonderful country,” said Emmanuel, who took the test and the oath and became an American citizen last year. What he likes best about it, he said, are the programs and services for disabled and blind people like himself. It’s a humane government that provides such opportunities — as well as food for the poor, he added. Emmanuel is hoping to become a radio broadcaster, he said, so he can continue sending the gospel of hope out to listeners who don’t need sight to get the picture.
Yes, America is a good place – and Liberia is a shitty place. So why not help all those unfortunate Liberians escape that shitty place and come here. There are just shy of 4 million people in Liberia and the state of Washington is considerably larger. It can easily accommodate those extra people. Also, since Liberia is practically 100% African American, it would bring much needed diversity to the State of Washington. With a fertility rate of about 5 children per woman, it wouldn’t be long before the State of Washington was 100% diverse.
Yes, the State of Washington can now look forward to a rosy future. As for the people of Liberia, they will no longer have to deal with the shortcomings of their homeland. They will no longer have to endure beaches covered with human waste, rampant AIDS and drug use, out of control crime, cannibalism or torture – because they’ll all be Americans.
They took the test and the oath – and they’re smiling, so what could possibly go wrong?