A Quick Thought.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 6/17/19:
The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are. If that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
It appears that congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s
knowledge about Nazi Concentration Camps needs a significant improvement.
For some unexplainable reason, A.O.C. when criticizing President Trump and his emigration policies, decided to draw a comparison between the Wolrd War II-era Nazi Concentration Camps, and Migrant Detention Centers operated by the U.S. Government on our southern border.
As a result, lots of people took offense to it. I think the reaction of JCRC represents it best.
The Jewish Community Relations Council.
Open letter to the congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez.
We are deeply disturbed by the language used in your recent Instagram live video which seeks to equate the detention centers on America’s southern border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps.
And they continue:
The terms ‘Concentration Camp’ and ‘Never Again’ are synonymous with and evocative of the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, in which 6 million European Jews were systematically denied civil and human rights due to their race and ultimately murdered in a state-sponsored genocide. As concerned as we are about the conditions experienced by migrants seeking asylum in the United States, including family separation, unusable facilities, and lack of food, water, and medical resources, the regrettable use of Holocaust terminology to describe these contemporary concerns diminishes the evil intent of the Nazis to eradicate the Jewish people.
It’s not the first time when congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez said something she shouldn’t have said, and once more her supporters trying to defend her have to distort or ignore facts. The most common line of defense was stating that A.O.C. was talking about concentration camps as an area used to temporarily concentrate people, and not specifically about Nazi Death Camps where millions of people had lost their lives. Their point is that
It wasn’t only the Nazis who set up concentration camps,
Nazis just gave those camps a bad name.
That’s an interesting approach. Take a highly toxic remark and then use multiple observations and explanations to cut the toxicity level of the original comment down.
Unfortunately for all those supporters, there’s one small problem. The only way one could reach that conclusion is by omitting a small but essential part of her speech. She said, “‘never again’ means something.” She is 100% right, “Never Again” does mean something. Especially when used in the context of a speech about concentration camps (as explained above in J.C.R.C. open letter to Miss Ocasio-Cortez).
The Jewish Community Relations Council extended an offer to help the congresswoman, and educate her on the Holocaust, saying:
As our city is home to the largest Holocaust survivor community in the United States, we would be pleased to work with you to arrange a visit to a concentration camp, a local Holocaust museum, hear the stories of local survivors, or participate in other educational opportunities in the hopes of better understanding the horrors of the Holocaust.
The attempt to make congresswoman from New York, more aware of horrors of the Holocaust, deserves enormous respect. Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, you can’t teach anything to someone who already knows everything. So don’t waste your time…
At first, I wanted to post a few pictures showing people in Concentration Camps and people in detention centers, for comparison. But I’ve realized that by doing that on some half-baked blog of mine, would be extremely disrespectful to people who had lost their lives by the hand of Nazi henchmen who’ve run those Death Camps, and would put me on that same level that Miss Ocasio-Cortez has unintentionally landed by making her comments. So, no pictures, just text.
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