This is terrifying. If I walked into my kitchen and there was a bowl of M&M’s on the table with a note saying just one of them was poison it would take me all of 2 seconds to dump them in the trash and get them out of MY house. Well, unless they were those Mint Chocolate M&M’s….have you had those? They’re absolutely delicious. I might try ONE of those. No! I would dump them all out and get myself a bag of skittles. Skittles would never hurt me.
I get it. This #refugeeroulette image communicates a message. The message is clear: There is a very real risk that no rational person would ever take.
But there is much more in that image than a message.
Maya Angelou said, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said…but how you made them feel”
That image of potentially poison M&M’s makes me feel something: fear. Fear is powerful. It makes us act contrary to how we would want to act.
In the 5th grade I liked a girl named Elizabeth. She did not like me at all. So I cut my losses and just tried to act cool (And if you know me you would be surprised not at all to find out that I’ve never been particularly good at that). Well, a friend of mine went up to her during recess