You Can Be Too PC
January 14, 2013
Elie Wiesel said, "The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference." Never did that have more meaning for me then when I arrived at a family member's six-year-old grandson's birthday party with my grandsons, six and three, in tow.
A week or two before this party, a thirty-year-old family member had started dating — and moved into her home with her three young children — a man with a swastika tattoo on his forearm. The tattoo was (and is), in fact, in exactly the location where one of my best friends, Eva Gotlib, had been tattooed when she was interred at Auschwitz, and was made part of Dr. Joseph Mengele's experiments as her mother, her sisters, and her sisters' babies were marched off to the gas chambers. So to me the location of his tattoo was the very definition of adding insult to injury.
There is no excuse for a tattoo of what is clearly a Third Reich swastika on your arm, but the excuse the thirty-year-old family member gave was that he'd been in prison for breaking and entering and had joined the Arian Brotherhood to keep from being raped by blacks.
Really? Well, now, I can see why you think I'm being so judgmental. I mean really just because he's a criminal who belongs to the largest neo-Nazi group in the nation doesn't mean he might not be a nice guy.
I took one look at this guy — once I realized he was there — circled him with my finger and asked, "Seriously, does no one but me have a problem with this?" I then looked right at the thirty-something-with-the-shit-for-brains. You know, the one who moved this thug into her house with her kids and said, "You may choose to have this thing around your kids, but I don't want him anywhere around my grandkids."
At which point she tells me, "He's not like that. He loves me, and he's going to get rid of it for me."
I stayed just long enough to get done what I had to get done.
Talking to the rest of the family later, I found that half of them didn't know the asshole had a tattoo, and the ones who did didn't want to be anywhere near him. Only this girl and her mother thought I was overreacting. Only this girl and her mother were insensitive and stupid enough to think it was fine to bring this thug around me and my grandkids.
But here's the thing. It shouldn't matter that I'm Jewish or gay. Everyone should be offended, and everyone should shun someone who wants to wear the badge of the most evil force that has ever been on earth. Millions upon millions of people were tortured and killed in the Nazi death machine, and now there is a parade of idiots who want to say it never happened. Yet the people who preach this loudly are the very people who want it to happen again.
Why was I the only one who would point out the turd in the room? Because no one wanted to make a stink. They took a quick tally of the situation and decided that it wasn't worth making a scene.
Millions of people were murdered. They were taken from their homes, crowded into cattle cars, driven—sometimes for days, and then systematically tortured and murdered. They can't speak for themselves; only the living can speak for the dead. Only the living can say, "Never again!"
Now, before you run to his defense and talk about rash youth and prison rights and all that, consider these facts. The man is in his late twenties, so he's not a "kid." He's been out of prison three years, so if he wanted the tattoo gone it would be gone. Turns out the guy had pictures of himself up on Facebook with the swastika front and center, and a family member had replied, "Nice new Nazi tattoo."
No, my 30-something family member assured me that the tat wasn't new, and the family member just didn't know, and… Well she even wrote me a letter from his Facebook account as if he'd written it, but… Well, I'm not stupid.
In this letter, she/he said I don't know what it's like to be in prison. Well, first, that would be because I didn't break into someone's house and steal their stuff. Second, I know lots of people who have been to prison in America, yet not a single one of them thought they should join a hate group to save their own ass. I've also known a few concentration camp survivors, and let's just say I don't know one of them who wouldn't have thought an American prison now would be like a cake walk compared to what they went through.
If you're going to wear the badge of the most rightfully-hated group of people who ever lived on this planet, you have no right to say to me in your/your girlfriend's letter, "You shouldn't judge me after all I don't judge your life style." First, idiot, with that statement you just judged my "life style." Second, yes, I'm gay and I'm Jewish, but I don't want to systematically kill everyone who isn't just like me. I don't condone the killing of babies, and children, and invalids, and the mentally handicapped, and whole families—millions of people—just because they aren't like me.
The fact that there are still holocaust victims alive today who are walking around, telling their stories as often as possible, and yet anyone would think it was all right to bring a swastika-wearing thug around…well any human beings…is a disgrace. The fact that people who didn't want him there, and who knew I was coming with my grandkids, choose this guy's comfort over mine is pretty hurtful. But the fact that this girl's mother basically crapped all over the whole family to defend this swastika-wearing moron is beyond contempt. And get this; she's actually telling other family members that she will never talk to me again because of the way I behaved. You know, doing something as horrid as telling her son's ex-wife just who their aunt was dating so that she could make the decision to not have the thug around her kids. Yes that's right. It's my fault that when she tried to force her son's ex-wife to spend time with the Nazi, the ex-wife said if she continued to cause trouble she wouldn't be able to see her 45 grand kids at all.
Yes that's my fault, not hers.
What a louse I am! I feel so bad that she's never going to talk to me again. I mean someone who would try to force me out of my own family by embracing a swastika-wearing ex-convict is obviously someone who brings a great deal of joy to my life.
And get this; about the time they were shunning the whole family because we just wouldn't be tolerant of this poor misunderstood man, he broke up with the 30-year-old family member. She told her girlfriends that she looked on his phone and found texts he'd sent to another girl, at which point he said he loved her but wasn't "in love" with her, and he left. Imagine that. Why I'd expect better from a swastika-wearing ex-convict than to have been using a woman for easy sex and a free place to crash. Of course the story she told the family was that he left because he didn't want to be the reason her family was torn apart. Nice.
So of course neither she nor her mother will be apologizing to anyone — probably ever — but for sure no time soon because, after all, it's all OUR fault that she lost such a hot catch.
Anyone who thinks I'm the one overreacting please read NIGHT by Elie Wiesel. When you do you will not only see why no one should ever throw themselves in with these people, you will also see how subtly evil can worm it's way in, so that by the time you see what you've really let into your home, or tolerated in your neighborhood, it's way too late.
In my opinion, when we don't stand up to be counted when someone proudly displays a Nazi swastika, we've become way too PC. (Yes I realize they hijacked it from other cultures. Personally I don't care. It's tainted you, so shouldn't use it. But if you're from that culture and you use it, at least I can make myself understand it.)
Let's never forget the Millions of Americans and Allied soldiers who were also killed by the Nazis war machine. Also, in case you're forgotten — or never knew — Jews weren't the only ones victimized. Before you think it wouldn't have been you, check the list; Gypsies, Political dissidents, invalids, the mentally ill, the mentally retarded, gays, blacks, any of the "mud races"… it's a long, long, long list. Why should we accept that kind of hatred in people?
I'm all for love and peace and tolerance. You can't have tolerance for people who have so much hate in them that they think they should kill other people. You can't coexist with people who want you dead. One family member who wanted nothing to do with the guy said, "But I don't think he's dangerous." At which point I said. "No, one of them never is, because by themselves they're all cowards. It's only when you get a bunch of them together that they're really dangerous."
We all need to be sure there are never enough of them together to be dangerous.
Remember that "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for enough good men to do nothing." — Edmond Burke
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