The more I read about the atrocities of the Jewish Holocaust, the more convinced I become that the devastating events associated with the Holocaust are  comparable to other similar historical events, such as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and other crimes against Blacks, Africans, Asians and Native Americans, though on a smaller scale.

Don’t misunderstand.  I don’t mean to minimize mistreatment of any member of the human race.  All of it is deplorable.  At the same time, however, I do not wish to elevate the genocide of one people over the genocide of another.  All are atrocities and the perpetrators deserve nothing but contempt.

Still, the Holocaust is the most recognized crime against humanity.  While other peoples who have been mistreated are forced to relegate all memories of their mistreatment to the backburner—or risk being told that they are bitter and holding on to the past—the Jewish Holocaust is continuously passed down from generation to generation in text and in film as if it were the only recorded time in history where men flagrantly mistreated other men.  Truly, if the exploitation of other races of people were given this same level of respect, press and sympathy, the world might just be making real progress and, as a result, true healing.

Instead, we are left in a world where the abusers and the children of the abusers are able to dictate the terms of their forgiveness.  Entire peoples are openly scorned and ridiculed.  Crimes against some are so accepted and commonplace that they are considered to be acts of patriotism, instead of the terrorism that they truly are.  This is what happens when crimes against humanity go unpunished or, even worse, are pushed aside in the interest of “moving forward” or “getting along.”  Getting along is not the same as truly living together or even surviving together.  It is just what it says, getting along.  But where are we getting to?  Can anybody hear me?

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