When the mayor of Dallas, Texas recently commented on the panicked and xenophobic responses from U.S. politicians in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, he made one thing clear: He's not afraid of welcoming refugees in his city.
In an interview with MSNBC, mayor Mike Rawlings also pointed out a major hypocrisy in many's responses: "This is a serious issue. I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools [and] theaters and shoot people up, but we don't isolate young white men on this issue."
That's a statement that's as bold as it is true: Statistically, more people have been killed by "homegrown" -- typically white -- terrorists than by Islamic extremists. The majority of mass killings in the U.S. have also been perpetrated by white men.
While he's not claiming that white men are inherently dangerous or scary on their own, he is pointing out that it would be incredibly hypocritical to generalize an entire group -- particularly one that's clearly in need of (and, you know, entitled to) international protections. (Especially without the numbers on their side.)
Rawlings also encouraged other Americans not to succumb to fear and Islamophobia and to instead remember that "ISIS is no more Islamic than the Nazi senior staff was Christian, and we have got to differentiate between those."
He said that while there's never any "100 percent guarantee" of safety, he had faith in the robust screening process for refugees.