Thursday, November 17, 2016

Internment Camps = Concentration Camps

I woke up depressed this morning. Trump acolyte Carl Higbie was on Megyn Kelly's show last night and proposed that the internment of Japanese during World War II was a precedent for how Trump will treat Muslims. The only difference between internment and concentration camps is meaningless semantics. Concentration camps are internment camps.

The first Nazi internment camp was at Dachau and built just two months after Hitler took power. It initially held political prisoners - Social Democrats, Communists, and labor union officials. In time, it was expanded and additional camps were built to house a religious minority, stripped of its citizenship two years after Hitler gained power and deemed dangerous by the ruling party (Jews).

Propaganda films were produced showing how wonderful the camps were. In truth, Dachau did not have gas chambers. There, inmates were just beaten, tortured, starved, and worked to death.

For over half a century, the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II has been held up as a black mark on the American experience, a clear example of the evil that racism and hysteria leads to.

In the New World Order of Trumpism, racism and hysteria are being viewed as ideals to be aspired to.

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