The Abyss of Hatred: Are we Spiraling into an American Kristallnacht?

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This past weekend, a tragedy occurred not only within the Jewish American Community, but in humanity. It was the deadliest Anti Semitic crime targeting Jews in United States History.

During a Saturday morning Shabbat service, Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were praying peacefully; a Brit Milah ceremony was about to commence. Out of nowhere, like a ghost of death, a shooter burst into the synagogue and opened fire. 11 died, many more were severely injured. The shooter mentioned in an interview, “I just want to kill Jews” and in fact, his anti semitic commentary was on an anti Jew social media platform, GAB. Obviously, this was indeed a hate crime and has been in process of an investigation by the federal government.

President Trump, a loyal supporter of Israel, was expected to make moving and touching comments to fill the hearts of victims families and give hope to Jewish communities worldwide. In my eyes however, his words were empty and meaningless and his subject of focus to resolve these crimes was utterly skewed. He mentioned tightening gun laws and said, “If there were an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop them.” He also mentioned the death penalty and how it should be implemented to finally terminate this case.

The president added, “this was an anti-Semitic act and you wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past.” He also asserted that “there must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America or for any form of religious or racial hatred or prejudice ” (CNN).

This declaration means absolutely nothing. For someone who calls Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” and generalizes all Muslims as terrorists, his statement is completely hypocritical. Quite honestly, Mr. Trump has not “learned from the past.” Hate speech is one of the leading factors to mass hate crimes like genocide, specifically demonstrated during the Holocaust. Trump’s speeches including racist and discriminatory content which sound awfully like Hitler’s rhetoric are primary causes of not only the continuation of hateful ideologies, but the transformation of hateful words into hateful actions.

Our current president must reflect on what he has preached through his campaign trail and now, during his presidency. He recently titled himself as a “nationalist,” a word which connotes autocracy, supremacy, and oppression. This term was indeed used as labels for leaders like Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler, all who had disgusting and hateful policies that resulted in mass genocide.

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