Speak Only When Your Words Are More beautiful Than The Silence.
This is my opinion on the Nutters in the big white Tree in DC, as well as the rest of the country.
Due to things that killed a beautiful squirrel last week. With full permission of my anonymous Jewish friends I am blogging her hard nut of Wisdom…
“Periodically, current events make me post something not whimsical and fun. This is long, and it’s not as eloquent as I’d like, but Nazis tend to get my dander up.
Some of the people who attended the Charlottesville rally — whether they marched with Tiki torches (looking like a horde of Todds from River Oaks upset that their party ran low on martinis), or marched with shields, sticks, batons, and/or firearms — have said they’re not racist. “Oh, I am not a white supremacist. I just agree with some of what they have to say.” Here’s the thing: If you like what white supremacists have to say (even in part), and you attend their rally where you know the speakers are white supremacists, speaking to other white supremacists about white supremacy, guess what? You are either a white supremacist, or you should seriously think about your belief system and who you choose to follow. Because if you yell like a Nazi, and goose step like a Nazi…well, you can fill in the rest.
If you are one of those people — the “I think the Nazis have a point here. Oh, but I’m not one of them” people — this is for you.
Let me tell you a little story: Once upon a time, when my parents were children, a group of “really fine people” in Germany wanted to kill them. Actually, those people wanted my whole family dead, along with other “undesirables,” simply because they had the audacity to exist. In the case of my grandmother — my namesake — and other relatives, they succeeded. Those “really fine people” were called Nazis. They started by staging rallies and appealing to disillusioned, easily persuaded people who might agree with a little of what they said. The Nazis said they stood for Germany and patriotism, and if those people did too, all they had to do was to get rid of the Jews…oh, and the gays, and the mentally challenged, and the Roma, and…well, everyone not considered “Aryan.” Those disillusioned people bought into it, because of course they loved their country. Also? They were not Jewish, or Roma, or mentally challenged, or gay or whatever. Then, POOF…Germany had Nazis in power. Nazis stood for white supremacy. They stood for the genocide of anyone not Aryan. They took their campaign of “racial purity” and invaded neighboring countries, imprisoning and killing non-Aryans as they advanced and occupied. These actions escalated into a war in which the entire world, our country included, eventually became involved. Your family lost people to a war fought against Nazis and their allies. When you get a chance, read soldiers’ accounts of what they saw when they liberated Nazi concentration camps. They were aghast. Look up some of the photos of people in those camps. This is what the “really fine people” involved in Charlottesville would love to see happen again. No, that statement is not rhetoric or hyperbole. Those people consider themselves Nazis. What do you think is at the core of what they want, silly moustaches? Looking at history, Charlottesville and other rallies and marches are just the beginning, and people like you, who like a little of what white supremacists have to say, are playing right into their hands with regard to making white supremacy appealing to the mainstream.
How would your older family members feel to hear you say, “I’m not a Nazi, but by golly I do like some of their points. I’m going to join them at this event.” Please excuse me as I imagine General Patton slapping you across the face. Because, yeah. That. Think about this: Our country joined the world in a fight against Nazis and fascists, and defeated them. Now, Nazis are marching in OUR streets, carrying Nazi flags, wearing swastika patches, and yelling about the eradication of Jews, blacks, gays, etc. Let me say this slowly so that it sinks in: Nazis. A defeated enemy of the United States. Are marching in American streets. Under the flag of our defeated foe. To spread Nazi propaganda to Americans. This is not OK. I say this, not simply because I vehemently disagree with their propaganda. I say this, because…come in closer, so you can hear me clearly…THEY’RE FREAKIN’ NAZIS! We’re Americans. We FIGHT Nazis. This isn’t rhetoric or hyperbole. It’s actual history. Look it up. Besides, if you really thought being a Nazi in the USA was OK, you would not be distancing yourself or rationalizing why you were at a white nationalist event.
Look, Bubba. If you want to throw a tantrum over statues, go for it. I literally could not care less about what you do (within the law) or what you say on the matter (for reasons that would deserve a separate conversation), as long as — and this is important — you don’t do it armed and/or at events hosted by Nazis, or the KKK, or any of the groups listed as a hate group by the SPLC. If you do? 1) Be my guest to STFU when people say you’re a racist, and 2) be prepared to see my happy ass there, standing against Nazis, like a real American.”
I completely agree with her. Thank you for your impassioned shot to the heart of those who need to hear this message of Love for those who stand firm against Hate .