Response to Yad Vashem @yadvashem Twitter response to @AOC calling US boarder “concentration camps”

Wow. This hurts me to the core. I am the child of a German immigrant. She was born in what is now Poland in 1935. She wanted so to become part of the League of German Girls, the branch of the Hitler youth for girls, when she was a child, but was too young to join. You had to be 10 years old, and everyone did. She, like many, especially children, we’re enamored by her leader, by patriotism and nationalism. Even as her own family was torn apart, her siblings in different homes, her father taken prisoner by Polish soilders, she was proud to be German. It wasn’t until she was in her teens that she learned of the horrors that were carried out in the name of her country.

She moved here with her husband, my father, in the 60’s, eventually settling in a suburban neighborhood that had a dense Jewish population. As I was growing up a decade later, I didn’t advertise I was German, I was embarrassed and knew it was an open wound for many in my community. It was one of those things you didn’t speak about in polite conversation. Fortunately most in the community were one generation removed from the direct experience (my mother had me at a relatively late age, whereas most other parents were about ten years younger).

We grew up knowing it was not our fault. It was not my mother’s fault. It was not our grandparents fault. But somewhere, at some point, Germans allowed it to happen.

It wasn’t like on Monday everything was normal and on Friday 6 million Jewish people were dead.

No. History has shown us, it has never happened like that.

Hitler did not have a grand design of cheap war time labor. He had a grand design of targeted genocide. Brushing aside the brutality of history by claiming the concentration camps were created with the intention of cheap labor is spitting on each and every grave.

There may have been people that were sentenced to hard labor that were not Jewish, but the camps were not built for them, they were a handy alternative for dissidents, criminals and people that just pissed off Hitler and his SS boys.

What is happening in this country, at our southern boarder, no, it is not on par with 6 million Jewish people murdered by Hitler. It is on course to be worse. Why?

Because we can see. We can see each and every atrocity carried out. We can see every family ripped apart. We can see what OUR war on drugs has done to their homes in Central America and why they are fleeing for their lives. We can see children without their mother or father. We can see children in cages sleeping on floors. We can see courts with no inturpreturs or attorneys. We can see people’s rights being taken away because they were not born here, regardless of how long they have lived here. We can see.

We can hear. We can hear the vitriol coming from the mouth of trump. We can hear the hate speach chanted at his rallies. We can hear people in stores yelling at people to go back to their country. We can hear the KKK marching in our streets again. We can hear.

Having the Holocaust Center stating “the camps helped” is so beyond disturbing. This is the type of political dog and pony show that is reserved for the bullshit and pandering, not the sacred memory of millions.

There are few left that were actually alive to experience the horror of 1939-1945 in any aspect. So for that, we are now left with records, written history, photos, interviews, memories of stories told. It is up to us, right here, right now, as to whether or not we are willing to allow such a monstrosity of history, or even a shadow of a resemblance of it, be repeated. Do you want your children, your grandchildren to have to answer these questions in 50 years?

ARE YOU AN IMMIGRANT OR AN ILLEGAL, YOU CAN’T BE BOTH . . .

The following is a FB comment and my response to a comment on a thread about A Day Without Immigrants.  I think this is where the bulk of the disconnect is, on almost any issue that is polarizing.  It’s the inability to grasp the broad sweeping effects on a topic and only focus on the headline.  The fact that this woman could not see that today’s protest wasn’t just about immigrants and Trump’s policy is not just about illegals.

Her comment: This is about controlling ILLEGAL immigration. Immigrants here on student visas, work visas, green cards, and those who have gone through the process of obtaining their citizenship are LEGAL ~ They have the LEGAL right to live & work in this country. The President is trying to control ILLEGAL immigration only…not stop immigration!!!

My response: You can keep yelling the word illegal over and over, but because of your inability to understand what is going on, it really doesn’t matter what you type in all caps. Here, let me spell it out for you:During the campaign, trump promised a Muslim ban and stoked hate crimes across the country. People of non-white race (citizens, visa holders, green cards or illegal) were attacked and harassed (the attackers didn’t bother to find out who those people were, just indiscriminately picking people because of how they look), ridiculed and insulted.

The encouraged rhetoric of “go back to your country” has not only been ignored by the trump administration, but encouraged it. Remember this, the “go back to your country” part.

Trump issued a ban of seven predominantly Muslim countries which set into motion many, many people being kept from getting to the U.S., regardless if they were citizens or not (a U.S. astronaut was not allowed in). This pissed a lot of people off and scared a bunch too (if they left the U.S. would they be able to get back in, like a pediatric surgeon from Iran here on a legal visa, did not want to go back to Iran to provide life saving surgical procedures for children and not be able to come back to the med center).

His non stop talk about people “pouring” into this country from Mexico over the southern border is just not true.

There are two different kinds of your ILLEGALS, those that are trying to make it (be that sending money home or trying to start a life here) and actual criminals. People who are just trying to make it are mostly coming from central America, not Mexico. They are running from the violence created by our ‘war on drugs’. But I digress.  

Yes, these people should be applying for citizenship or work visas. They shouldn’t come in illegally. We shouldn’t be assess when we travel either, but you can’t have everything.

Either way, all the above are immigrants, legal or illegal.  

(One more thing on the illegal part, and Americans screaming about them taking our jobs. The illegal ones, they are the migrant workers, they pick your produce. You guys have managed to scare them ALL away, legal and illegal. There is no one to pick your tomatoes, they are rotting in the fields and all of four Americans showed up to the farm to pick tomatoes to replace the 65 workers that were there the day before).

With all that said, it’s NOT just about controlling illegal immigration. And yes, he actually said to stop immigration of refugees, vetted refugees from Syria. You remember Syria, don’t you? That country where their own president is trying to kill them, even used gas attacks. The country that Assad and Putin are bombing hospitals (historically, hospitals have been off limits in ALL conflicts and wars). Repeating over and over that these are bad people, and want to do us harm and it’s a bad bad world. If you believe that, you’re drinking the kool-aide.

“These” people. How can you tell if someone is here legally? Do illegal people have a certain smell, do they wear a certain piece of clothes, do they have a tattoo that’s visible? No, you can’t (and if you have some secret way to determine that, can you let me know). 

So, because you can’t tell, and the climate around anyone who isn’t a white “American” has been so hateful, it is about IMMIGRANTS, ALL IMMIGRANTS.

The Cuban restaurant down the street, actual Cubans own and operate it. The German place in the galleria area, owned by a German! When Rudy or Carlos go to the grocery store, they speak English with an accent perhaps not getting all the word right, and the ignorant person in line behind them in line starts yelling at them to “go back to your country, go back where you came from” because she’s having a bad day and has to wait in line.

THAT’S what it’s about.

But I doubt you even bothered to read this, and instead stopped at the top and not enlighten your ignorance.

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I guess that’s why the unbelievable keeps happening.  There is a good portion of this country that have the same mental age as trump (about 8 years old is my observation) and cannot grasp complex ideas.  We just have to get all the intellectuals off their assess and flat out outnumber them.  RESISTANCE!