Could the Holocaust, or an event similar to it, occur again in modern times?
It’s a question many have mocked, called “impossible,” or refused to even acknowledge, yet surely the sociological and psychological factors that fueled the rise of antisemitism prior to World War II existed long before the Holocaust, and has of course survived long after.
Just as many white people don’t feel comfortable discussing slavery and racism in America, those who fanned the flames of antisemitism or have doubts as to whether or not the Holocaust actually occurred (despite the mountains of actual empirical evidence and eye-witness testimony under oath) may not want to acknowledge, that as sad and as unfortunate as it may be, antisemitism and European culture seem to be an inseparable couple with a long history of quarreling and then reuniting during tough economic conditions.
In an interesting piece by Sara Farris of Al Jazeera, the author discusses possible commonalities between the rise of antisemitism prior to the Holocaust and the recent rise of Isalmaphobia.
Is there a causal relationship? Personally, I don’t see it materializing yet. But “yet” is a big word when discussing the spread of racism and discrimination.
You tell me.
English: Rows of bodies fill the yard of Lager Nordhausen, a Gestapo concentration camp. עברית: שורות של גופות מאות אסירים בחצר מחצה הריכוז נורדהאוזן. בתמונה נראות פחות ממחצית הגופות של האסירים שמתו ברעב או ביריות אנשי הגסטפו. Italiano: File di cadaveri di prigionieri riempiono il cortile del lager di Nordhausen, un campo di concentramento dalla Gestapo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I recently came across a post on a site called I Am Not the Nanny.com. Yeah, I don’t get the joke, either, but I enjoyed the piece on interracial dating and agreed with much of it. Anyone who dares to date, (much less open themselves up emotionally and intellectually to the point where they can fall in love) outside their “race” you have to admire (at least we do at Interrace Today).
It’s a cute piece but one that can also be encouraging and uplifting to some. So, here’s the link to the piece on her perspective toward interracial dating. What do you think about her points and do you agree? Have you had similar experiences out there?
A recent article in The Voice has two differing opinions on the topic (and question at hand).
English: Interracial married couple with Hmong traditional clothing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first black woman answers that “no” interracial relationships are not to be celebrated at all, even going so far as to indicate that said relationships make her “blood boil,” (which sounds pretty intense if you think about what it would take to boil your blood although we know she doesn’t mean it literally). She equates an interracial couple happily conversing with rapes that occured during slavery times. Yes, rape did occur during slavery. That’s why we’re against it! But an interracial couple going out for a drink and trying to enjoy their relationship have nothing to do with violent rape other people committed.
The next young black woman (and yes, white men apparently don’t count, nor do people of other races, for this piece), opines that interracial relationships are okay after all and should be celebrated.
At any rate, if you think I’m getting close to my exhaustion rate at this point with caring whether or not other people approve, you’re dead-on. Here’s a link to the insightful piece if you’re interested.