Tuesday, May 02, 2006

France to Shine a Light on Its Notorious Camp et al

France to Shine a Light on Its Notorious Camp - Washington Post

Never Again? - Washington Post

It is important that Black Americans recognize and study events in history that occurred, even while time was recording the group's own mistreatment. The insights are critical to enhancing perspective, strategy, and tactics for advancement.

The Holocaust and America’s slavery share a unique sibling relationship, in that each coincided with, and defined, a moral awakening to the darkest sides of humanity. Prior to these tragic events, both had been questioned, but only on exception.

The genocide happening in Sudan, sparking recent protest, is linked to the memories of Nazi-era France and Germany. The moral reflexes of the world audience would not be so keen, had any part of the Holocaust remained hidden to us. This is why memorials are so important – because we are forgetful.

Jews take nothing for granted, because all was nearly lost. Blacks should be so vigilant. They believed that White guilt was forever, it was not. Or even if it was lasting, that it could cure disparity, it has not. Or finally, that laws that kept them down could also lift them up, indeed they have not. These and other lessons have existed for a long time, but Blacks must search them out.

Black America should care about immigration, slavery, exploitation of indigenous labor, sexism, classism, homophobia, and all other forms of discrimination, and not predominatly when they are feeling the sting themselves, less they isolate their progress.

James C. Collier


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