Coalition of WWII Japanese American internment camp survivors stage peaceful protest at immigrant detention facility on Texas border https://t.co/iZLmM5O0W8
— Nick Estes (@nick_w_estes) June 19, 2019
Thing is, I don’t think this is a power move — it’s the GOP’s frantic effort to appeal to worst elements of its Base by upping the public cruelty, because Trump’s lost his novelty and the economic impact of the GOP’s smash-and-grab is affecting too many ‘dependable’ GOP voters. It’s like offering fentanyl to a heroin addict in withdrawal… assuming the GOP oligarchs are fentanyl addicts already, and the junkie has the key to the drug safe.
I remember reading that, by the final months of World War II, Hitler’s staff was pulling desperately needed resources away from the production of weapons to keep the trains running to the death camps. We need to fight back, hard, but we shouldn’t let an unwarranted despair over Republican power deter our efforts.
What does them a tremendous disservice is fainting-couch rules for sanitizing discussions about a grotesque & criminal policy of taking asylees who’ve broken no laws by seeking asylum, stealing their children, & taking those not sent to concentration camps & putting them in cages https://t.co/RSufgg36E5
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) June 20, 2019
Maybe people SHOULD start talking about whether Border Patrol are like Nazis. They’re not as bad as Nazis, of course. But going even a tiny step in the direction of Nazis is not at all acceptable!
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) June 20, 2019
The current “debate” started, AFAICT, because Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez “decried the conditions of migrant detention facilities the administration is using to cope with a surge of border crossings and highlighted a decision to hold some children at an Oklahoma Army base that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.” So Dick Cheney’s favorite daughter Liz — already “the No. 3 Republican in the House” — upheld her family’s proud tradition of inhumanity by pretending the Holocaust meant something more to her and her GOP associates than a rhetorical tool. Every Media Village Idiot (plus some quasi-liberal people who should’ve known better, like Chris Hayes) rushed to wallow in the quicksand…
.@aoc isn't expressing an opinion, she is stating a fact: Border detention centers *are* concentration camps. Trying to reject the label is not going to make the atrocity go away: https://t.co/SdFmfd3IaJ
— Annalisa Merelli (@missanabeem) June 18, 2019
/Children keep dying in the custody of an unaccountable government agency that has herded people deemed without rights into camps in the desert
"I would be very disturbed if someone were to compare what's happening here to anything."
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 18, 2019
Oh, good. Auschwitz and Holocaust are trending.[throws phone in Potomac]
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) June 18, 2019
People policing the use of 'never again' are avoiding who Trump's camps are being built FOR. Asylum seekers fleeing murderous RW governments & the drug war. Many are indigenous, descended from survivors of genocide.
The comparisons to the past don't stop at mere mass detentions.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) June 19, 2019
So, @chrislhayes invoked Goodwin's Law as a cowardly out from calling concentration camps what they are
…. and Goodwin himself logs on to disagree pic.twitter.com/hwh5GPazUw
— T. Fisher King (@T_FisherKing) June 19, 2019
Not going any deeper into Concentration Camp Twitter today, but the term originated to describe British tactics in the Boer War, and was later applied to Nazi tactics.
Problem with saying “internment camp” instead is that you remind people that Americans had them before.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 18, 2019
If using the correct English definition of a policy to accurately describe it triggers lots of people then the problem is the policy not the language. https://t.co/EruokBoziE
— Jon Walker (@JonWalkerDC) June 18, 2019
Every camp warehousing people en masse outside of the regular legal system starts the same way: it's the humane alternative and it's just temporary. The rest is history. Read @andreapitzer's One Long Night.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) June 18, 2019
Historians: Concentration camps are actually what they are
Journos: But it makes the right wing uncomfortable
Historians: Yea, I mean…it should
Journos: But it's a highly charged term
Historians: Right, that's the point
Journos: But it describes atrocities
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 18, 2019
If you're more offended by comparisons to the Holocaust than the treatment of migrants at the border, you're the reason we say "Never again."
— Elad Nehorai (@PopChassid) June 18, 2019