Skittles are bad but mosaic tiles are good

Say, remember the kerfuffle when Donald Trump Junior posted the picture of a bowl of Skittles?

Sure you do!

It was shortly before the 2016 election and DT Jr tweeted this:

I referred to it as “Skittlegate.”

And as you might remember, the makers of Skittles were not amused.

They released a statement saying, “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.  We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy.”

As I wrote at the time:

What part of the word “analogy” are these nitwits not understanding?

This is the problem when your factory default is to look for reasons to be offended.

Let’s be honest. This analogy is spot-on.

Sure, many of those seeking refugee status may be good and decent people. But we know terrorists are lurking among them.

Are we willing to run the risk of letting the wolves through the gate?

(FYI, that’s another analogy. It’s what we in the writing biz call a “metaphor.” News flash from the “Duh” files: Wolves are animals; refugees are people. I’m not saying terrorists are literally wolves any more than Don Junior is saying they are fruit-flavored candy in a tart shell. Oy, the work!).

Well, in his 2018 Christmas Message, Pope Marxist … er, I mean Pope Francis, said this:

”Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colors available, rather than just a few!”

So, if I have this right, comparing refugees or migrants to Skittles is super bad.  Because Skittles are candy and refugees are people.

But comparing them to mosaic tiles is perfectly acceptable. Despite the fact that mosaic tiles are ceramic pieces of colored tiles and refugees and migrants are people.

Of course it’s okay.

When you use an analogy to advance the naïve notion that people from cultures diametrically opposed to our own enrich us, it’s totally okay to compare them to inanimate objects.

The Pope is living in a fantasy world if he actually believes that there is no danger associated with letting a flood of Islamic military-age men pour into your country. Is he really unaware of what has been happening to Sweden? Or Germany? Or France? Or Belgium?!

The fact is, it’s infinitely difficult to create a rich and colorful mosaic when some of the tiles have only one goal: to completely smash the other tiles.

Why is that so damn hard to understand?

Skittles are bad but mosaic tiles are good

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One thought on “Skittles are bad but mosaic tiles are good

  • December 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The problem with adding diversity is the ones being added don’t want to be part of American norms and values. Just the opposite, they want us to change for them!

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