An old white male conservative Senator explaining to a young Hispanic Congresswoman from a disadvantaged background the supposed difference between historic incidents of harsh treatment of refugees and the current actions on the border with the so-called Caravan was probably not a good look to begin with. But then the Auschwitz Memorial chimed in by doing some explaining of its own to the old Senator. That’s what took place on Twitter this week. It started when Sen. Lindsey Graham replied to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as follows:
Ocasio-Cortez: Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America. [image omitted]
Graham: I recommend she take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC. Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.
Then one of foremost authorities on the topic chimed in, the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland:
Auschwitz Memorial: When we look at Auschwitz we see the end of the process. It’s important to remember that the Holocaust actually did not start from gas chambers. This hatred gradually developed from words, stereotypes & prejudice through legal exclusion, dehumanisation & escalating violence.
Perhaps Senator Graham learned something. Then again . . .