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Old 08-18-2020, 03:52 PM
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Default To Porteplume: I agree

I think the US has so much, for lack of a better term, "cultural imperialism". So these things get a lot of coverage. But I saw it to a lesser degree in Europe, too. I could only afford to stay in places that were not in "nice areas". I never felt unsafe, but it was apparent in Rotterdam that I was in an enclave for Eastern Europeans/Slavic peoples and in Oslo I stayed near where many refugees were located (the same in Paris).

No country is perfect, and it takes a lot to change (my country had a war over independence and then another over slavery!), but there can be systems put in place to help the vulnerable, if only everyone recognizes their own vulnerability. There is a poem a former German Nazi-supporter who came to see the error of his ways, "Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
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