It was 1933 and the United States was in a depression. People were starving on the streets and unemployment was at 25%. Many Americans also were afraid of anyone they thought of as being different or foreign, and many considered nonwhites as inferior.
Throughout the 1930s, Congress could not pass any type of anti-lynching bill; the homes and the streets were as volatile as they come when it came to race relations and Jim Crow laws (and customs) controlled the country and Supreme Court’s upheld Jim Crow sediments; and Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American citizens were forcibly deported from California. Race snobbery rose throughout the decades to come, many hotels, colleges, and private clubs restricted or prohibited blacks and Jews from visiting, attending, or becoming members.
The 1930s were the worst for the blacks in America. They were the first to be laid off from their jobs, and they suffered from an unemployment rate three times that of whites during the depression. Public assistance programs gave blacks well substantially less aid than to whites, and some charitable organizations even excluded blacks from their soup kitchens. The thoughts of the times were to save the whites at the expense of the blacks all over the US. But the Jim Crow laws of the times were that whites were privileged and treated as such especially in the south.
1933 was also the year that Americans could read front-page stories about Jewish treatment in Germany. Nazi policy during the first years was not yet the physical annihilation of the Jews but rather their social and economic displacement and their removal from German soil.
Dozens of American newspapers had correspondents based in Germany who sent back vivid details of what they were witnessing under the new Nazi leadership. The people in the US also read about the anti-Nazi marches, the rallies throughout the United States, the boycott of Jewish stores, and Nazi book burnings. The American movement to boycott German-made goods was instilled in towns everywhere.
Between March and May 1933, tens of thousands of people—from 29 states and Washington, DC—signed petitions calling on the new President Roosevelt to protest Nazi persecution of the Jews. But nothing happened. US government ultimately would not formally protest Nazi Germany in 1933—except to protect American citizens, dozens of whom were beaten on German streets, many because they were thought to be Jewish. Plus Roosevelt was protecting a German loan. In all, most research confirms that the number of victims was between five and six million Jews killed during WW2. But I am not sure anyone knows the real numbers on those forced to leave out of fear. Or those racially profiled and beaten before the war.
In just a few months, news of Nazi persecutions would move from the front page to the inside of newspapers. From then on Americans focused on the home front problems rather than international ones. The US never did tackle the bigotry happening in its own back yards, they just passed the problems on to the next President and if they happen to fix something then great if not, well too bad.
Today in the US we kill, maim and throw into prison those that are brown at an alarming rate while rich white males walk free from their crimes. We force those who come to the US wanting asylum to go back home or suffer dire consequences. We shout from the streets that white is best, and we elected a President that condones racism, and shouts the words of racism without a care in the world. Many Americans don’t question it, and if they do, the attention span last for about a month if that long. Analysis shows Trump consistently targets African Americans and the women gender with ‘dumb’ and ‘low IQ’ jibes. We also permit our States to stop black people from voting. We give black children low grade educations in schools across the US, and we prioritize healthcare and Justice to the rich while the poor and the people of color go to prison. We idolize Hitler and the Nazis. Yes anti-Semitism is on the rise and so are the hate groups. Hate groups in the US now total 954. It is not just the US either. Several Countries have the same issues.
In music, rap artist Nicki Minaj was under fire for Nazi-like symbols used in her music video. From red armbands to red and black flags, the images mimic a Nazi rally with Hitler at the helm. Ms. Minaj’s video debuted on the 76th Anniversary of Kristallnacht in 2014. The fact that the video was even made says a lot about our times. The sad thing was there was hardly an outcry.
Democracy is now at risk even in America. Woe to those of color because not even our Lawmakers are demanding race related laws to be followed on the books they are just as much the instigators of the abuse as those that abuse. Woe to those that say nothing because history may not be an absolute repeat of 1933, but we are certainly at risk of making similar even larger mistakes if current attitudes and actions don’t change.
We have to elect people to represent us as a whole; we are ALL Americans and not just the white men. Research is our friend and we need to use this tool to check them out thoroughly before casting a vote for them. Education is key here too and we must start with our young children. We have to stand up in the face of race injustice and bigotry and show it that it will not be tolerated in any form for any group of people, in any part of the United States and most importantly, we must never forget the past!
Last is, this is not just an American problem it is many cultures around the world and this is deplorable. We should never accept hate as an option to solve anything.
In the BlackPAC/Brilliant Corners poll, across income, geographic, and age groups, black voters see “fighting to end racism and discrimination” as the most important electoral concern, with school funding, access to affordable health care, and fighting for the poor as the next-most-important issues. While it might be expected that those issues might continue a natural affinity between black people and Democrats, black voters are increasingly skeptical of the Democratic ability and commitment on racial-justice issues, with 40 percent of all black voters believing that Democrats aren’t better than Republicans on ending discrimination or protecting black people from hate crimes, and over half of all black voters believing the opposition party isn’t better than the GOP at eliminating voter-suppression laws.