Friday, June 12, 2009

Shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum  


We often forget that just because the Holocaust is taught in history books and has been the subject of several hit movies, it doesn't mean that antisemitism and Holocaust denial isn't alive and well. It is.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has closed its doors for the time being after a man walked into the museum and opened fire. Stephan Tyrone Johns, a security guard at the museum, was killed. The police have identified as a suspect James Von Brunn, 88, who is a Holocaust denier and a white supremacist. Police found antisemitic writings at Von Brunn's home after the incident. points out something important:

This is the third shooting in recent weeks that is politically driven and has been considered domestic terrorism. Army private William Andrew Long, was shot and killed this month because of the suspect's opposition to the US military's presence in the Middle East. Also, Dr. George Tiller, one of the only remaining late abortion doctors in the country, was shot and killed in his church in late May by an anti-choice extremist.

Why is it now that there is such a flare-up of politically-motivated shootings - AKA terrorism? Does it have something to do with a deep division and animosity between the Democratic and Republican parties? Are extremists royally pissed off that we have a black man as president and are now taking it as their cue to start shooting? It's hard to tell exactly what is fueling this.

President Obama made a heartfelt comment regarding this incident. For some reason, I always feel a little better after reading his statements on situations such as this one and Dr. Tiller's murder.

This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.

In light of recent events, consider making a donation to the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Another important way of fighting antisemitism is to experience Judaism for yourself - no matter what religion you identify with, synagogues are always open for your exploration. Find a synagogue near you, and pay it a visit. If you're uncomfortable attending a religious service, most synagogues hold non-religious events, such as Food Drives and luncheons.

And of course, hatred and violence stems from ignorance and fear of the unknown. Consider taking some time to learn about Jewish history. There are a handful of books on the Holocaust that focus specifically on women's experiences. The next time someone you know cites misguided information, correct them. Spread knowledge and spread acceptance.

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1 comments: to “ Shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • June 13, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

    Thats the thing with these white racist people. Damn. When a black man get something they wanna get all mad and start shooting our people. They feel like they are not wanted anymore. They feel powerless. They feel like there country has been *Stolen* from them. Well i got a news flash for the white RACIST (not white people White Racist). Y'all Stole this country from the native americans. Now y'all getting mad because the blacks are literally takeing over the world. (black judges, Black Mayors, Black Business Owners, Black PRESident).

    So how dose it feel huh? How dose it feel to have something taken from you that was never yours in the first place but, still How dose it feel? Now you know how we felt. Don't go out starting shit tho because, This is a differant Generation of African American. We not the same *yes'm Masa* Black Folk no more. Most of these black kids out here shootin, robbin, killing, In crips, In bloods and all that crap. So if you start something with this new generation of black people. You gonna die. Trust me i know.

    PS: Y'all also must feel bad to because we got caucasion brothers to now. Where i'm from whites got best freinds who are black. Blacks got best freinds who are white. Shit 90% of my freinds are white. Thats another reason why the OLD white racist are mad because, there kids are freinds with blacks and, there DAUGHTERS are DATING blacks. I know that make yall nazis MORE pissed off. Its not the new generation of whites that are raicst Naw they are smart amazing people. Its you old 88 year old Withering piece of anciant trash that no one wants anymore. So do us and the smart young whites who are not racist a favor, and go sit down.