Nazi Salutes

A photo of students in a German class at an Indianapolis High School giving the Nazi salute is horrible in so many ways.

There are two different possible scenarios.

One is that the students were ignorant of what that salute represents, which is allegiance to a political organization that took privilege to the ultimate level by actually implementing the “final solution” of killing those who weren’t members of their political class.  Over six million Jewish people, and millions of others were systematically rounded up, killed, and cremated.  That salute indicates support for that.  Historic scenes show crowds of thousands raising their hands.  This was a way to apply peer pressure and enforce conformity and consent.

The second scenario is that these students yearn for a similar situation of entitlement, which requires that “others” be oppressed.

One wonders which of those two scenarios Donald Trump had in mind when he encouraged his audiences to raise their hands.

The huge numbers, disproportionately of young, black men who are currently imprisoned for outrageously long sentences for nonviolent crimes should raise alarms in our country.  And the killing of so many, disproportionately young, black men on the streets should raise alarms.  The isolation of communities of disproportionately poor, black people should raise alarms.

The Nazi final solution could not have happened without the consent of the German people who didn’t belong to the Nazi party.  That was an implied consent based not on an active “Yes”, but by not saying “No”.

Similar elements today are using the same implied consentIf you do not consent, you must actively say “No” as often and as creatively and as effectively as you know how.  We have not taught our children well evidently.

 

“Teach Your Children”

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix,the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

 

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