Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I have had it.

In the past I've reproduced e-mails from my right wing friends that I find disturbing for us to chuckle about here. Could someone explain to me why left wing people don't have the same paranoic urge to send e-mails around? I mean, I have to say that the majority of people with whom I associate are left wing, none of them send these dumb ass screeds around the internet.

I know the answer: we are an elite band of brothers, secure in our knowledge who don't need to share the fear. But they do. What is wrong with Kansas? Or rural Wisconsin? Why do they want the rest of us to cower like they do, while all the time pronouncing how fearless, how brave they are? Fucktards.

That said, I think I hit the final straw with one of my rightie e-mail forwarders. It wasn't too hard. This woman is the wife of a highschool classmate of my husband's.

Here is what she sent to me:

Those of us who were alive at the time saw pictures like this in the newsreels at the movies and read about it in the papers. Those who fought in World War II in the area saw it first hand. Soon we will all be gone; I pray that we will not let others rewrite history to take true events out of the history books.


It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing'
Edmund Burke

This week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.

This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

These photos were taken in Germany by James Emison Chanslor, an Army Master Sergeant who served in World War II from 1942 until 1945.

Here is my response:

Holly, you should check Snopes before you forward these. Neither the University of Kentucky (UK) nor the United Kingdom passed these rules you claim they did.


I thought this was a great e-mail at first. It's true that history will try to deny the worst atrocities. There ARE Holocaust deniers and that is a sin against humanity. Then your e-mail took a fabulous twist and became the same ugly bigoted missive that it portends to be against.

Amazing how you can use one holocaust to justify another one. I guess 6 million dead jews don't yet equal 650,000* dead muslims, (the figure for dead Iraqis ) but with luck we'll get there, eh? (I personally believe we are at about a 6:1 ratio, meaning that in only five years we've killed one million Iraqis. The Third Reich had twelve years to get to 6 million. But what's in a number?)

Unfortunately, you are promoting the exact same hatred toward a religious group as Hitler did. And you are doing it by promoting lies and bigotry against a group that you know nothing about. Or please, tell me about your muslim friends. I wait....

That would be called irony, wouldn't it?

It IS a shame for good men to do nothing when evil raises its head. In this case you would like to condemn a billion muslims worldwide for the actions of 19. Oddly, the vast majority of whom came from a country that is still an ally of the United States. (Saudi Arabia, have you heard?) So, because I agree that it is a shame to do nothing in the face of ugliness and hate, I am going to tell
you that your bigotry is not acceptable to me. I will not tolerate your racist filth in my in-box. And when our country builds concentration camps for muslims(Guantanamo, anyone? Extraordinary rendition anyone?) I will speak up.

Did you know that I used to work for a country at the United Nations whose citizens were all muslim? None of whom fit your hateful description? They would be in awe of the bigotry you so carelessly promote. (Bangladesh)

If this were Germany in 1933 I know exactly where I would be and where you would be. Trust me, you wouldn't be on the side of religious tolerance. Your arm would be held so high up in the air in a Heil Hitler that the rest of us would have to duck from the backswing. And Ben and I have stood at Dachau that self-same camp and on that soil you want to weep for and the most striking thing about standing on that ground is that there are only about 300 yards that
separate the concentration camp from the village of Dachau. And I know that those citizens that lived in Dachau Village did nothing and pretended that nothing was happening because they bought, hook line and sinker, the fear that Hitler sold.

They pretended to be on the side of God.

So do you.

You change the word Jew to Muslim in all your little missives and you'll see
that you are promoting the exact same hate that Hitler did.

Proud of yourself?


*that figure is two years old, where are we now? Most likely well past one
million. Will you speak up when we reach 6 million? Or are any dead children
okay with you? I myself find any child a tragedy.


Ed said...

Did you actually send her that response? I hope so. I'd love to see her face when she reads it. If you haven't sent it yet, you might want to add:

If evil triumphs when good men do nothing, what is she doing about Bush & Cheney? (I suspect evil reigns triumphant on that one.)

How many Palestinians have been killed to date through violence or horrible living conditions? Who's helping finance that holocaust?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

If I was standing next to you now I'd give you the biggest hug in the world for doing this post.

Dr. Zaius said...

When Republican's start rattling sabers, it's always fun to remind them that the Republican Party ran on a platform of "non-intervention" in both WWI and WWII.

Bunch of wussies.

FranIAm said...

Sister you rock. What an amazing post and I love that you are so deeply dedicated to not living in the fear.

What an example for those kids of yours and really for anyone around you.

Like us.

I have gotten that email so many times and it enrages me. I also am very deeply aware of al Naqba, the catostrophe - when in 1948 somewhere around 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and into refugee camps.

Many camps still exist today in what is now Jordan. And let us not forget the West Bank.

What will it take?

In any event, I will point to this post from Jewgirl, which ... well just read it. Prepare to be upset though, even though her sister is a real triumph.

M.Yu said...

The Light of Righteousness burns when it is turned around to face those who use it to "Reveal the Truth."

Hopefully it has burned away enough for her to see her prejudice in her own light.

Ed said...

Dr. Zaius: Don't you wish those republican saber rattlers would return to that non-interventionist platform? The world would be a safer place.

Matty Boy said...

In some ways, the e-mail propagators are like bloggers, only a little lazier. They are trying to get their world view out there, and since they think the media is not telling them the truth (one thing both sides have in common), they think these e-mails must be the real deal, even when they are easily debunked crap.

The right wing calls the left wing "relativists", but the right wing is working much harder at discrediting facts as much as they can, because as Stephen Colbert has said "reality has a well known left-wing bias".

Sometimes my dad sends out e-mails. When they are crap, I point him to snopes.com. I think he's starting to check things before he sends them now.

This is what we in the ed biz call "a teachable moment".

dguzman said...

Jess, don't take this the wrong way, but I FUCKING LOVE YOU!

I hope you did send a response to that ignorant dope of a woman. I'm so much less eloquent than you; my response would be a big fat 48-point-high GET A LIFE, ASSHOLE.

Jess Wundrun said...

As an update:

Dr. Zaius kindly pointed out to me that many people just forward things without even reading them. It turns out that the sender of this e-mail did just that and apologized.

I wrote back and said that maybe I was a little harsh, but that there are so many examples of blind hate and racism that run through these things that we all must be careful.

Dean Wormer said...

I don't think not reading them is much of an excuse.

If you're forwarding an email it's something you care about.

Personally I rarely forward email for just this reason.

Dean Wormer said...

I don't think not reading them is much of an excuse.

If you're forwarding an email it's something you care about.

Personally I rarely forward email for just this reason.

Mauigirl said...

A former work-friend who happens to be a right-winger (the born-again Christian kind) is always sending me e-mails like this, and believe me, she does know what she's sending. We used to have political discussions all the time when we worked together - about everything from Darwin and abortion to separation of church and state - we were on opposite sides for all of them.

The thing that gets me is that all of these e-mails she sends are anti-Muslim, just like this one. I used to write back as you did, but now I tend to delete them as she knows my opinion and continues to send them.