Many US leftists are promoting Europe as a place of racial harmony and joy, where people are not racists and everybody runs through the fields happily singing kumbaya. Well that is a big fat lie.

Whatever ancestral ties the US might have with Europe, and although we see ourselves as a cultural entity, the so-called “West,” these are two very different places, both politically and socially.

There is no apartheid in Europe. On a state level, all are equal in the eyes of the law, and no discrimination is tolerated, let alone legislated. However, Europe is composed of national states, and the borders of those states also draw lines between ethnic, cultural and religious factions.

European history has always been contentious, with those factions always fighting among themselves, over differences that would probably go unnoticed in a multicultural nation like the States, or other New World countries. However, almost insurmountable differences were created, with suspicion, prejudice or even outright hatred surviving to this day. Serbs still can’t stand Croats, Ireland’s Protestants and Catholics are never too far from fighting, and Catalans will be offended if you call them Spanish.

Moreover, Europe has always been predominantly white; with shades from Scandinavian blonde to Mediterranean. Those shades, are also an excuse for conflict and animosity from time to time.

In this context of closely consolidated ethnic states, where every nuance of religion, color and historical background is enclosed by its very own border, you can only imagine what happened with migration, moreso, migration from other continents.

With countries so homogeneously structured, it was all the more difficult for the newcomers to become integrated – with any and all differences even more pronounced. To be a national of this and that land came with certain preconditions. It was not enough to believe in the “German way” to consider yourself German. To be Greek, you must be an Orthodox Christian. The same to serve in the Greek Army, as recently as in 2006, you were required to be  Orthodox. As such, foreigners would remain foreigners.

What this lead to, of course, was ghettoization, isolated minorities, substandard living conditions, mutual resentment, fear and prejudice. The same distrust that was once reserved for the neighboring clan, now targeted newcomers from Africa and Asia.