NPR claims that people get teary-eyed viewing this supposedly viral sign in front of houses across the country. I’ve only seen two in my neighborhood, thank goodness, and they irritate me no end. Why? The sign is dishonest, unfair and divisive. It is also political, while pretending not to be.
First, the sign is not what it represents itself as being. It is not written for an actual neighbor. If it were, the sign would be remote and rude. I welcome new neighbors personally, not by putting garish signs on my lawn. The sign is blatant virtue-signalling, telling the neighborhood that this household is in favor of diversity, love, and immigration…as if lots of other people are not. If it is not a public sign designed to rebuke those people, whoever they are, then why the sign? If everyone in the neighborhood welcomes Americans of all colors and origins—and I know of no Klan chapter in Northern Virginia—then the sign is a straw man. I’m sure, however, that Hispanic-Americans or Muslim-Americans who see these signs on lawns might be moved to think: Wait, does this mean that many people in this community DON’T welcome us as neighbors? How are we to recognize them?
That’s not a healthy or welcoming message, but hey, if it makes the homeowner seem enlightened and virtuous, it’s a net win.
Of course, the sign is really a tacit insult to those who a) think that our immigration laws should be enforced, and b) those who think people who pledge fealty to Islam and Sharia are a little bit more risky to have in the neighborhood than the average Catholic, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist or Presbyterian—which, in fact, they are. Neither of these concerns mean that such citizens object to neighbors based on “where they are from,” but rather according to whether they broke laws to get here and are breaking laws by staying here, and whether they are waiting for their chance to kill us because their cultish religion tells them to. Framing these legitimate and fact-based concern as irrational xenophobia and bigotry is intentionally misleading, and meant to stifle dissent using the political correctness dictates of the Democratic party as a club.
The message is also irresponsible, slathering back-patting virtue-signalling to obscure legitimate issue that should be considered without emotional static. The signs first appeared in December when the main strategy of the anti-Trump resistance was to frighten people, especially legal immigrants, with rumors of interment camps and nascent fascism coming from the monster who dared to call (some, all, what’s the difference?) illegal immigrants (illegal immigrants, immigrants, what’s the difference?) rapists and murderers, and who suggested that the current vetting of Muslim refugees might not be sufficient to protect Americans from, say (just a wild hypothetical) terrorists slamming a truck into a crowd and then stabbing everyone in sight. So they are also “Don’t blame me, I voted for Hillary!” signs, a “Not-my-President” signs, and “You’re the bad neighbors, Republicans!” signs.
No wonder NPR loves them.
On a less important note, the signs are also the current equivalent of those smug, obnoxious “Baby on Board” signs.