I saw a Facebook post today that included a photo of Michelle Obama in a Nazi uniform. The photo/meme was comparing the First Lady to the most brutal regime in history because she supposedly told kids to “monitor free speech.”
I was appropriately shocked — I mean really, who wants the Nazis coming back?
So I looked up a report of what Mrs. Obama said, and this is what I found. She told seniors in high school to stand against racism, saying:
“Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt [who] talks about ‘those people.’ Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.”
Again, I was shocked … because that doesn’t sound much like “monitoring free speech,” to me. Sounds more like a step in the right direction. Shoot, it sounds like that anti-racism commercial from the late 70s about the the little boy and his Jewish friend Jimmy.
But, because I could be wrong, I decided to look up the sorts of things that Nazis ACTUALLY SAID to see if it sounded like what Mrs. Obama said. I found this from a 1939 speech by Nazi politician Robert Ley:
“If the Jew wants to fight, it is fine with us. We have wanted that fight for a long time. There is no room in the world for the Jews any more. The Jew or us, one of us will have to go. We know that the Jew will lose, that he and his devilish, life-denying and destructive doctrines will be destroyed (vernichtet), Look around and see how the emigrants are increasing; even London has noticed. In Rome, they found the smartest Jesuit they had. A brutal butcher sits in Moscow. They form the front, and the Jew is behind them all.”
Now to me, that is certainly frightening. That is someone advocating the annihilation of an entire race, which is just Bat Shit Crazy.
But then, it is also crazy that there are US citizens circulating a photo of the First Lady dressed as a Nazi because she is trying to teach a lesson we should of learned back when bell bottoms were still cool.