It Would Be Funny If It Weren’t So Terrifying
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
It is the kind of thing that make you wonder if on November 9th we collectively fell into a parallel universe. For those curious about what Miller meant by using the term “Cosmopolitan”:
One reason why “cosmopolitan” is an unnerving term is that it was the key to an attempt by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to purge the culture of dissident voices. In a 1946 speech, he deplored works in which “the positive Soviet hero is derided and inferior before all things foreign and cosmopolitanism that we all fought against from the time of Lenin, characteristic of the political leftovers, is many times applauded.” It was part of a yearslong campaigned aimed at writers, theater critics, scientists and others who were connected with “bourgeois Western influences.” Not so incidentally, many of these “cosmopolitans” were Jewish, and official Soviet propaganda for a time devoted significant energy into “unmasking” the Jewish identities of writers who published under pseudonyms. (Source)
Following the announcment that the White House Administration wants to limit legal immigration, PEW released a fact sheet on legal immigrants in the United States. You can access it here.