Eli Bosnick posted this imaginary conversation to Facebook shortly after Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet comparing refugees to poisonous Skittles. Bosnick’s post has since gone viral, shared tens of thousands of times.
“If I gave you a bowl of Skittles and three of them were poison would you still eat them?”
“Are the other Skittles human lives?”
“Like, is there a good chance, a really good chance, I would be saving someone from a war zone and probably their life if I ate a Skittle?”
“Well sure. But the point …”
“I would eat the Skittles.”
“Ok, well, the point is …”
“I would GORGE myself on Skittles. I would eat every single Skittle I could find. I would STUFF myself with Skittles. And when I found the poison Skittle and died, I would make sure to leave behind a legacy of children and of friends who also ate skittle after Skittle until there were no Skittles to be eaten. And each person who found the poison Skittle we would weep for. We would weep for their loss, for their sacrifice, and for the fact that they did not let themselves succumb to fear but made the world a better place by eating Skittles.
Because your REAL question, the one you hid behind an inaccurate, insensitive, dehumanizing racist little candy metaphor, is: IS MY LIFE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF MEN, WOMEN, AND TERRIFIED CHILDREN?
And what kind of monster would think the answer to that question is yes?”