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Missouri Refugee Family to Attend Anti-Fear Forum

Syrian refugees fleeing war in their country are being met with resistance in some parts of the United States.
Syrian refugees fleeing war in their country are being met with resistance in some parts of the United States.
May 16, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Syrian refugee crisis has created a lot of rhetoric in the United States, which has created fear and even hate by some toward immigrants and Muslim Americans. It has also led some state leaders to reject the resettlement of the refugees.

Ira Harritt, Kansas City program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, says an exaggerated perception of threat also has increased levels of fear and anxiety and inflamed racial and ethnic tensions in schools and communities.

"We've also seen politicians use that fear and threat to further their own interests and appeal to zenophobes and racists," says Harritt.

American Friends Service Committee has put together a series of public forums, with the next one slated for Thursday at the public library's Plaza Branch in Kansas City.

Harritt says the divisive political discourse has reaffirmed the image of the U.S. as an anti-Islamic nation, and it's actually helped recruit new volunteers for extremist groups. He says it's all so unnecessary.

"What the reality is, is that we're more likely to be crushed by an unstable television set in our home than to suffer a terrorist attack, and so the thing need to be put into perspective," he says.

Harritt says Kansas City took in one of the first Syrian refugee families to come to the United States, and that family will be at the forum on Thursday. He says hopefully that will help allay the fear some people may have.

The forums are co-sponsored by more than two dozen community and faith-based groups including Physicians for Responsibility, Citizens for Justice in the Middle East and PeaceWorks.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO