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American Kristallnacht: May 30-31, 2020

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on June 1, 2020 20:34

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You may not punish the innocent merely because they share some collective characteristics with the guilty. Therefore, to hold all white people responsible for the death of George Floyd is as immoral, unjust and dangerous as holding all Jews responsible for the suffering of Germany following World War One -- precisely what Hitler did.

Smashed storefronts after Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10, 1938. Photo by Georg Pahl
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When I went for my Coronavirus health walk last Saturday afternoon, I was surprised to learn that not everyone in my neighborhood had been following DC government regulations for social distancing.

As I neared the shopping malls on the Maryland side of Friendship Heights, located on the DC-Maryland border, there were police cars with flashing lights standing guard at the District line.

What was going on?

After crossing the street, it became clear. Broken windows and shattered glass were interspersed with boarded-up storefronts at Saks Fifth Avenue, TJ Maxx, the Mazza Gallerie, the ATT phone store among other high-end shops.

They had been wrecked.

It reminded me of Kristallnacht, the night of "broken glass," when Nazi brownshirts smashed the windows of Jewish shops in Germany on November 9 and 10 in1938 following the killing of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath. My mother's family was forced to leave Germany as refugees following Kristallnacht, so the scene struck an emotional cord.

The next morning, car windows were found smashed on our street and a cash drawer dumped on a neighbor's lawn. Flyers had been posted overnight that read:

"If you have white or white-passing privilege, your job is to use it -- that means giving up your money/time/power to create safer spaces and opportunities for others." 

"You are contributing to killing black people by not stopping the killing of black people."

"White people built the system of racism in America. It is your job to dismantle it. Beware of your privilege and use it for good."

"I have privilege as a white person because I can do all these things without being murdered by the police: Have a cell phone (Stephen Clarke), Shop at Walmart (John Crawford), Cash a check (Yvonne Smallwood)...Use your privilege for good."

These messages were frightening. Such multiple expressions of racial animosity, posted in a threatening fashion, after an attack at our neighborhood shopping center, seemed very close to Germans shouting "Juden Raus!" 

So was news that Washington rioters set fire to historic St. Johns Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House.

As were reports of vandalism against synagogues and kosher shops in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Richmond, Virginia.

Such terror tactics are called "Collective Punishment" and outlawed as War Crimes by the Geneva Convention. 

You may not punish the innocent merely because they share some collective characteristics with the guilty. 

Therefore, to hold all white people responsible for the death of George Floyd is as immoral, unjust, and dangerous as holding all Jews responsible for the suffering of Germany following World War One -- precisely what Hitler did.

So, whatever sympathy I may have had initially had regarding the issue of police brutality when protests started is now less than zero ... thanks to the Nazi tactics of Antifa and their comrades rioting over George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on June 1, 2020 20:34

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