My Grandma Gussy lived through one of the worst parts of German history. I am very willing to admit that she gained a very unhealthy disdain for Jewish people but she would never have agreed to the harm that the German Nation applied to them. She used to say she liked working for Jewish people because they knew how to handle money. Yes she absorbed the stereotypes and believed them.
However once when I made the mistake of talking to her about what Hitler did I was subject to a long angry and LOUD tirade about how the man was a monster but there will always be monsters and it was not the German peoples fault (still not sold on that entirely).
The one phrase in my youth I disagreed was when she said the following (you must imagine this said in a heavy German accent) “Willie you vanna bet if Hitler vas here today dere vould be thousands of bootstepping assholes following him.”
At that time I thought she was wrong no one would do that in today’s world. Now I am not so sure. In the 1920s the National socialists (Nazis) put forward the idea that the Jew’s rights should be abrogated, because they lacked the moral conscience and intellect of the German people. This was the first step in the attempt to exterminate them. The creation of the Jew as the scapegoat. I know it makes most thinking people shudder and want to vomit. We see in this first act the path towards the killing of over 6 million innocent Jews. But do we see that happening today do we see people accepting this same sort of intolerance? Most of us will say yes and point fingers toward the developing world and nations like Uganda or Somalia. We would never point fingers at a modern nation that has proper elections and modern factories and social programs etc… But that is exactly were we should be looking because rot and corruption happens everywhere.
What nation am I referring to? No not Canada no matter how dictatorial we might think Harper is he is still a duly elected and easily removed politician.
Russia the Mafia state is where we need to look. In the past few years Putin has made the nation into a hot bed of corruption and lies. He has enshrined his position and his executive power to the next best thing to a dictator. but the economy is still crap and the nation is unstable why because Putin believes that the Russian people need moral guidance something that defines them. Here enters the scapegoat. The new laws that prohibit gay propaganda in essence say it is a crime to be gay or at the least a perversion of Russian morals.. If you read the stats on hate crimes in Russia they have gone up considerably even before the the new laws that seek to prevent the spread of the scourge of homosexuality. these laws have in essence given the gay bashers the right to prosecute Gays Gay bashing and the glorification of it on the internet in Russia is common. Now the bigots can do it with some degree of legal protection. All they have to say is they were busting up a gay propaganda rally.. Welcome back to the 1930-40s
Now are these bashers indicative of mainstream Russian thought Not entirely but the disdain for homosexuals in Russia is not limited to the redneck white supremest Neo-Nazi types. The following CTV article highlights how Pole vault great and Russian Hero Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality openly after competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colours to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia. The unfortunate thing is I am beginning to hear the march of the assholes my Grandma Gussy talked about.