Conditions and policies at the U.S. southern border have led many activists to compare what is going on with ICE detention centers with concentration camps built in Germany in the early 1930s. It does not take much understanding of history to realize that the parallels are there. In discussions of the Holocaust, which included the murder of 6 million European Jews, the term “concentration camp” is often used synonymously with the term “extermination camp.” If you believe that a concentration camp and an extermination or death camp are one and the same, then comparing anything to a concentration camp can be taken as a reference to the slaughter of millions of Jews. Comparing detention centers in Texas to extermination camps in Poland, of course, would be inaccurate, and disrespectful to the memory of the people who were murdered in the Holocaust.
It is on this basis, the synonymous use of the two terms, that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being attacked for a video she posted in which she says that the United States, under Trump and his DHS forces, is running concentration camps. Very quickly, Rep. Liz Cheney, best known for being proof that demons can have children, responded.
Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this. https://t.co/NX5KPPb2Hl
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 18, 2019
Fox News, always very protective of Jewish people, except when wooing its anti-Semitic viewership, also got involved.
— courtney hagle (@CourtneyHagle) June 18, 2019
Attacking progressive women of color for being anti-Israel (and therefore, supposedly, anti-Semitic) is one of the ways that right-wing entities try to create divisions among liberal and progressive people in our country. Examples of how reckless a tactic this kind of hate-baiting is can be seen in the rise in death threats against Rep. Ilhan Omar, after Donald Trump began repeating that Omar was anti-Jewish and wanted to overthrow the United States government by protecting Muslim terrorists. Trump was crawling through a schism he thought he perceived in the Democratic Party over Omar’s statements concerning the very conservative Israeli government lobby in Washington. Omar’s use of the term “foreign power” was triggering to many, but her statements seemed very clearly related to specific politicians’ interests in Israel, and not a declaration against Jewish people in their entirety.
Many people forget that the Japanese American internment camps that disgraced our country during World War II were concentration camps. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez knows that they were.
This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.
This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis ⬇️https://t.co/2dWHxb7UuL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
Liz Cheney and the Republican Party continue to call people anti-Semites while courting literal neo-Nazis. But Cheney’s attempts at throwing a giant rock from inside her glass house did not go over well with the public, and the ratio against her tweet was pretty epic.
Please do yourself a favor and learn about what your father did to Iraq before commenting on Genocide #SelfAwareness
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 18, 2019
That’s a fact.
Your dad is a war criminal, shut up literally forever.
— Mass for Shut-ins (podcast) (@gin_and_tacos) June 18, 2019
Here's some actual history for you:
During World War II, the Japanese American internees at Heart Mountain — in your state of Wyoming — called that a "concentration camp" as well. https://t.co/IWqnCJKojuhttps://t.co/j4FaPreyaKhttps://t.co/xu2sqlbwPJhttps://t.co/yFgcp96f6l pic.twitter.com/aNnLD7NHDX
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 18, 2019
Touch of history for you. And some more.
Hi! Jewish historian here. The history of concentration camps is actually not the same as the history of Nazi death camps and includes the use of camps on native populations in places like … Minnesota. Also South Africa during the Boer war. I.e. https://t.co/FmrFkpMgUy
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) June 18, 2019
To be fair, the Cheney family are huge experts on human rights violations …
— Yi-Long (@YikeYuke) June 18, 2019
If I were the daughter of a man who lied to start a war for his own gain that annihilated 1/2 million humans, Id keep my head down & mouth shut. Your head is up your *** while you mouth off with stunning, indefensible ignorance. Way to not have learned a damn thing, #LizCheney
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) June 18, 2019
I have to agree.
Hi, history podcast here. Turns out the Jewish people were put into camps before they started to be killed. Starting in 1933. They are called “concentration camps” because one kind of people are placed in them.
Maybe read a basic history book about it. And, I mean, very basic.
— The Dollop (@thedollop) June 18, 2019
There are so many more. But I’ll leave it with this.
Just read about someone who was there. https://t.co/PWn6lWgHTK
— Kelly Holderman (@gawpee7) June 18, 2019
Liz Cheney, you are a failure of a person.