Friday, February 3, 2017

Don't be a Sucker!! An attack on any immigrant or minority group must be resisted!!!

This 1947 war department film, Don't Be a Sucker! terrifyingly resonates with the situation in America (and Europe) today. All must watch this 16 minute film!!!

From Wikipedia: "Don't Be a Sucker! is a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces. An American who has been listening to a racist and bigoted rabble-rouser is warned off by a naturalized Hungarian immigrant, who explains to him how racist and bigoted demagogy allowed the Nazis to rise to power in Germany, and warns Americans not to fall for similar demagogy propagated by American racists and bigots."

This film argues that the Nazis effectively split German society into competing groups, based upon religion, national origin, and race. This was left unchallenged; then it spread and gained in power and influence, until the world finally had to take notice. The estimated deaths of WWII range from 50 to 80 million, including 6 million Jews in Europe--specifically targeted by Hitler for annihilation.

The narrator rightfully explains that an attack on any minority group, because of race, religion, or affiliation, must be resisted. The same must be stated clearly again today:  an attack on people because of religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race, gender, etc., must be resisted. The demagoguery of Trump, Bannon, Sessions, and too many of their supporters must be opposed. The freedoms of Americans are at stake. And the idea and ideals of freedom, the protection of minorities, and human rights--protecting people from persecution and discrimination due to ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin--are at stake world wide. 

Finally, this film accurately shows how the promises of Trump will ultimately lead to failure. See what happened to those who enthusiastically supported Hitler and the promises of the Nazis.The film shows what was their final end. This must be explained clearly, loudly, and repeatedly. We cannot let the sickness of the Trump Presidency run its full course. The consequences are too horrifying to even imagine.

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