is just to love and be loved in return
they only teach it as a holocaust if millions of white people are killed
Okay, I was going to scroll past - I was even going to reblog, sans commentary - and then I hit that caption.
Because you know what?
In 1945, Jews weren’t “white”. They were “Jews.” For hundreds of years, Jews weren’t considered Caucasian, or European, or part of the privileged elite in any way, shape, or form. Even running the banks was another way to keep us oppressed, because guess what? If all bankers are Jews, and you don’t like your interest rates, there’s no one who’s going to protest if you light our fucking house on fire.
But you know what? Okay, leave aside the Jews. Because we get taught about (even if it’s not really given the time it deserves) and we’ve got a country (that’s busy pushing itself towards hell in a handbasket) and the Native Americans/First Nations got neither of those.
Let me tell you about the Romani.
Let me tell you about the Irish.
Let me tell you about the Scots.
Let me tell you about Armenia.
Let me tell you about China.
And then the Palestinian Territories again.
Let me tell you about the Aborigines.
And then let me tell you this:
We are taught about one genocide, if we are taught about any, and that is the Holocaust. We should be taught about more. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee should be required reading for every high school student. We should learn about the complete and utter dickery committed by the US Government in the 19th (and 18th and 20th and 21st) century (centuries).
We should also learn about the fact that our erstwhile ally during WWII was busy killing more of its own people than Germany ever accomplished.
But you know what?
If we have to learn about one genocide, let’s learn about the Holocaust.
And I’m not trying to diminish 100 million dead, or countless ripped from their land, or any of that.
But 11 million people died in camps in 6 years (really more like 4). And that’s something the US Government never accomplished.
But the genocide of the Native Americans was committed (and it makes me nauseous to type this, but it’s true) by people believing that the Native Americans were savages, were animals, were of less value than the two billion bison killed during the same period. It was committed by soldiers against strangers. And many did not know.
And the genocide of the Jews was committed by a population who lived alongside them, who knew that Abram was just as smart as Johan, who knew that they were human - and who killed them, and let them die regardless. It was committed by soldiers against their own neighbours. And everyone knew.
What I’m trying to say here, I guess, is this: the genocide of the Native Americans was horrible, but it won’t happen again until we discover aliens, and possibly not even then. But the genocide of the Jews occurred in the most highly educated population in the world and it can happen any day, in any country.
And that is why the Holocaust is taught in schools.
I’ve been to Auschwitz and Birkenau with my pupils yesterday. It’s not only that people killed people out of hatred. It’s not only that everyone knew and most of the population stayed silent. It’s the perverted way that these millions of people were killed - the Nazis made them believe that they were simply relocated to another country. They made them believe that they would be able to build up a new life in the east (they even gave out flyers telling them what to take with them to their new ‘homes’). Even when people arrived in Auschwitz they were made believe that everyting would be fine. That they were to take a shower after the long journey, hundreds of them in one wagon supposed to transport animals. There were changing rooms with rules how to take a bath etc. And then they went in, not suspecting anything when the Nazis threw in gas bombs… In Birkenau 4000 to 5000 people were killed evey day!
re-blogging for the last two comments… and damn, that second one really did their research.
…damn.I find this to be beside the point. I am Irish and yes what was done to us during the famine and in the years of colonialism was genocide, and yes what happened under the nazis was genocide, but you have to realize the number of native americans and african americans who were killed in the name of colonialism vastly outpace both of those white on white genocides. The native american tradition has been continuously appropriated by americans to the point where we have a fucking disney musical about the genocide of an entire population. I am not trying to have a tally of who is most oppressed but this is bullshit. If it makes white people sleep better every night knowing that because they are jewish and or irish and or white in general that they did not contribute to this horrible act or to the cultural appropriation or romanticization that follows from such an act is extremely idealistic. It is time that this country owns up to its genocidal history without trying to point to bigger genocides of white people, this diminishes the real struggle that indian americans, African Americas (which I can not even go into in a short space the genocide of Africans and African-Americas in the United States which is atrocious) fuck anyone who belittles or denies this history or compares it to any white genocide, its not comparable, this country was built on racism for hundreds of years.
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I was raised to believe that the earth & universe was approximately 6,000 years old, was created in 6 days by a being who spoke them into existence.
I was raised to believe that there was another life after this one that had only two outcomes for eternity:
A heaven; paradise, a true spiritual utopia where everyone has mansions, robes, & crowns, where the streets are paved with jewels & gold, where death, loss, & sorrow could never penetrate & there was no night…
or…there was a place of eternal darkness, pain, & weeping where death is constant & conscious, where souls are constantly decayed & incinerated in lightless fire with no chance for escape.
I was raised to believe that I could dodge the latter & achieve the former by becoming a Christian through “The Steps of Salvation”:
1. To hear the Word of God
2. Believe totally in it’s complete collection known as the Bible & in the God therein
3. To repent of my mistakes, misdeeds, & dark thoughts, known as sins, turning away from them forever
4. To confess that the man, Jesus of Nazareth, talked about in the New Testament was the Hebrew Messiah known as the Christ
5. To be fully immersed in water as a public baptism that mimicked Jesus’s death, burial, & resurrection so that that I could be cleansed of my sins
…and anyone who did not do this before death or the end of the world and live faithfully to God’s Law would go to the aforementioned hell eternally.
I was raised to believe that America was a Christian nation, when we went to war it was a necessary evil and it was an honor to serve as either politician or soldier for my country because this was our duty as good citizens.
I was raised to have pride in my church, my country, my school, myself, and my God.
I was taught double standards, unknowingly mislead by lies that rose out of years of tradition, I was taught to love everyone, do good to my enemies except in war, to gossip instead of confess, that your “Sunday best” was 90% how you dressed, that the rich young ruler was a parable not a suggestion or command or a Way of Life, that wealth could sway a church as quick as a cop or a politician or you or me, I was told of freedom but reminded of my guilt, that some people watch your every move and quite a few aren’t there waiting to catch you when you fall rather they kick you when you are down.
I was raised in an exclusive culture with an “us & them” mentality, filled with fear & verbal ammo, with brainwashed views & the blind leading the blind we were sent off into a world that we were not prepared for and given only condemnation when you question how things are.
I was raised with love & good intentions, I have no doubts of that and I hurt for those who raised me, those who were raised as I was, and those who are still being raised in these kinds of cultures.
I am not who I was raised to be but I am who I am meant to be and will be who I will be.
JLG journal entry 10/18/13
What do you do when faced with the darkness inside yourself?
Do you repress it or encourage it?
Feed it or starve it out?
Can it be embraced without succumbing to it?
Are there necessary evils or only unavoidable failures of good?
How can you brand another person as evil when your hands & heart are just as stained?
Is looking the other way or leaving behind others who continue doing wrong just as guilty as continuing yourself?
How can you complain, throw someone under the bus, or point the finger at a group without confessing your association?
Is that the only way to truly repent?
To reveal to all the hatred, anger, confusion, bitterness, & evil within you?
This will bring more people with stones to throw that arms to embrace.
What will die is the old self that has lied to everyone and leave standing a Self worth holding on to.
How hard it is to kill your “self” & start your life anew.
How long the body takes to die upon the cross you nail your “self” to.
How painful Truth is when it pierces your flesh and reaches into your soul.
You cannot cast a stone without breaking your own bones.
So put cowardice aside & courageously bare your sins so others know that they are not alone.
JLG journal entry 11/9/13
Secrets can erode the soul, prevent intimacy, corrupt the truth, nurture pride, and work the mind into stress & worry.
Confession combats the seclusion of secrecy by requiring the humility to reveal personal faults while not begrudging the wrongs of others.
Confession is terrifying.
The thought that something done in your past could disrupt your present & alter your future if it was revealed.
That someone’s perception of you would be permanently altered and they would treat you differently because of the revelation of your mistakes is a paralyzing waking nightmare.
If only one person or a group’s joint faults are revealed the the judgement of all others can pour out upon them, crushing their spirits with the weight of disgust.
This can lead to feelings of superiority due to the raising of the sins of others that can shadow our own personal failings long enough to allow us to beat & bury the person/s with the stones of our own fears & insecurities.
Our personal skeletons that we desperately hide in our mental closets cause division & hatred where there should be empathy & understanding in the equality of our failures & self-seeking nature.
Confession is essential to harvesting the True Light of Love & Harmony.
-JLG journal entry 10/12/13
When I asked male interview subjects what they would like to do in bed, “ejaculation on a woman’s face” was most often at the top of their lists. But when I asked them what the attraction of this act was and whether it meant anything, their initial response was puzzlement. They had never given it much thought. With time for reflection, however, most came up with answers very similar to those of the pornographers I interviewed: it is about controlling women, doing something disgusting to them. It’s like spitting or urinating on them.
Thus something unsettling about gender relationships mediated by pornography is revealed: on-screen male domination is sugar-coated — portrayed as causing women ecstasy — which in turn arouses further desire on the part of the male viewers: the desire to experience the pleasure derived from control and aggression. And deep down, these viewers understand it. “The second you have an orgasm and that passion sinks out of your body, and you’re still watching the movie, you start to really see what’s going on,” one male college student said. “This is not sexy. This is not sex. This is not how I want to experience sex.”
Chyng Sun, co-director of The Price of Pleasure (via radicalfeministuprising)
Germaine Greer: “Women have no idea how much men hate them.”
So, having to explain this entire concept to my ex was probably one of the most telling signs of why our relationship failed so miserably.
The world doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. People with moral courage, willing to join the struggle to make the world more habitable and more humane. These qualities have little to do with ‘success’ as our culture defines it.