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Long time no see Ricochet. Long story. Not interesting. I’ve taken to reading the material of many of the journalists who have gotten the boot from the mainstream media (or mainstream media adjacent). Bari Weiss is one of them.
She recently had an article discussing the Gina Carano firing, and then hiring, and her defense of Gina and the possible rethinking of that defense. It’s a good article. You should read it.
But there’s one point I must disagree with, and here I will make the 2021 obligatory statement that I’m a racist white middle-aged nominally Christian male who bears responsibility with my ancestors for all the world’s ills. So, I can opine on nothing.
But opine I will while I can (as anonymously as I can, because I’m a racist white middle-aged nominally Christian male who isn’t looking for trouble and is a bit of a coward).
I deeply respect the many deeply religious Jewish members here, and I hope you understand that what I say below isn’t to lower the importance of something but to heighten it.
In her article, she says:
“What Carano wrote — or likely repeated and shared — was wrong because the Holocaust is a singular evil.”
Now, I get why she wrote that. I consider it to be one of the top three evils perpetrated by humans against other humans. But unfortunately, it’s not even singular in the 20th century in terms of the level of evil. (Hello, my communist friends!)
But the whole point of what Gina Carano tweeted was that you just don’t go from waving hello across the white picket fence to your neighbor on Monday, and waving goodbye to the train taking them to a concentration camp on Tuesday. Well, the average person doesn’t at least. And there were lots of average people involved in the Holocaust or ignoring the Holocaust while it was happening or ignoring it even now.
And the path to turn someone from that friendly neighbor into something less than human starts somewhere, and we would really want to stop it from going further before the trains start to roll. No matter who happens to be on the trains.
Thinking of it as a singular evil to me makes it seem like it’s a one-off. That people can let down their guard because it can’t happen again. Now, Ms. Weiss is not trying to make that case. But people reading her piece may take that away from it.
When I first learned of the Holocaust in grade school, I thought that it certainly couldn’t happen in America. By the time I was in high school I thought it might happen here, but it was less likely.
Now, I know it could happen here. Or anywhere humans are. And that we must guard against it. Even from ourselves.Published in