Re: Happy Conqueroring - except if you are jewish :-(
Date: January 27, 2011 04:31AM
Well explained Don. Maybe I'm even more sensitive to antisemitism than other forms of racism because I once met an older lady with a number tattooed on her arm. I immediately understood what it was about. I could see the pain in her eyes, even after more than 60 years, without her saying a word, it went straight through me. If I think back to this moment, I can still see those eyes and shivers are running down my spine. I later found out that her entire family was wiped out by the nazis. A young girl in her early teens, literally left allone in the world. It's difficult to imagine a bigger human tragedy than this. And yes, a lot of lifes could have been saved if more people would have stood up against this diabolic regime. BTW I take pride in the fact that the non-jewish citizens of Amsterdam (before WW II 25-30% Jews, today maybe 2-3%), stood up in solidarity with their jewish neighbours, colleagues, friends. You can google for "february strike". Unfortunately this was an exception.
The fact that "best" actually defends antisemtism, condones it, makes it even more serious and despicable, there is not a grain of humour in it.
I can kill my black friends "nigger", my jewish friends "jew", my german friends "nazi", "kraut" or whatever, and they can call me anything in return, and then we'll laugh and have another drink. but this is something different, we're just toying around. We know that at the end of the day we respect each other, and if someone really gets attacked for who or what they are, we stand up for each other. And also, I would never use such words to try to hurt somebody that I may not really like, or in the presence of, for example, the lady aforementioned, but only among friends. But you would be surprised what kind of holocaust jokes Jews themselves can come up with. I wouldn't dare to repeat some of them. It's their way of dealing with this tragedy and I must say, I kind of admire them for it.
Well, I think I made my point. Anyone may like me or not, but at the end of the day I side with the good guys. No matter what color, nationality or religion.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/27/2011 04:40AM by Attila.