Einstein, Chopin, The Dalai Lama And More: Seven Refugees Who Changed The World

Recent events have many parts of the world clamping down on admitting refugees. These historically important refugees show why that’s a mistake.

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All of the above, at one point in their lives, were refugees.

Recent world events have seen millions fleeing terrible circumstances in search of safe places to live. The ongoing influx of Syrian and Iraqi refugees abandoning conflict-stricken zones is just one recent example: Humanity, sadly, has a long history of creating refugees.

Some people have tried to keep these individuals out of their countries, or suggested that such an arrival is unprecedented, but again, history would suggest that such stances are both misguided and empirically false. Indeed, many refugees past have gone on to make history themselves, radically improving the world in which we all live. The following are seven historical, hugely important refugees whose contributions continue to impact our world even today:

Police Officer Informs Drivers How To Run Over Black Lives Matter Marchers And Get Away With It

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A screenshot by community activist Andrew Henderson of a post allegedly written by a St. Paul police officer.

Those critics of the Black Lives Matter movement who claim minorities receive fair and equal treatment from the police might want to rethink their stance. A St. Paul, Minn., police officer is on administrative leave after laying out how to legally run over BLM marchers on Martin Luther King Day in a Facebook post.

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New Study Reveals That The Richest 1 Percent Are To Blame For Your Unhappiness

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It’s not your fault that you’ve been feeling depressed lately. In fact, according to a University of Oxford study, it’s the 1 percent’s fault.

The study, “Top Incomes and Human Well-being Around the World,” asserts that with greater income disparity comes greater unhappiness levels in the given country as a whole, even among people who are, relatively speaking, pretty well off.

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Timeline Of A Fatal Eviction: How 12-Year-Old Ciara Meyer Was Shot And Killed

Ciara Meyer

Ciara Meyer, 12, was described as loving and kind by her neighbor Sarah Harman Image Source: Facebook

On January 11, a 12-year-old girl in Pennsylvania was fatally shot by a state constable (a law enforcement officer who serves summons and enforces evictions, among other things) who was serving an eviction notice to her family. The girl, Ciara Meyer, was an innocent bystander in an eviction gone horribly wrong.

Today, largely due to rent hikes, millions across the United States are facing eviction. Because average rent prices have been increasing at a much faster rate than average incomes (and the average American savings account is dismal), people who rent their homes spend an average of 30 percent of their income simply keeping a roof over their head. Thus, eviction rates are soaring.

In the Meyer’s case, they had gotten $1,780.85 behind in their rent payments. The timeline of what happened next is a shocking reminder of the extremes of financial desperation in America…

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