Nazis, the Confederacy, and some Dude named Trump who don’t shake hands…
Perhaps the words of Robert H. Jackson, U.S. prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, can put into context the current battle in the U.S. over white supremacy, the Confederacy, race relations, and freedom that boiled over yet again. “We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today,” Jackson said, “is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow.”
Of course, many Nazi leaders and participants went to jail or were hanged as a result of those trials, flawed as they were. But, most notably, the treasonous acts by the southern states in America to secede from the United States and wage a brutal, blood war for nearly five years to uphold white supremacy, racism, and slavery, three modes of evil, never experienced a reckoning and judgment such as the Nuremberg Trials. The white supremacists were eventually allowed to pursue their ideology again against the nation’s African population and it took nearly another century for those Africans to somehow gain basic rights though white supremacy continues to flourish.
Notice the differences: the Nazis were hanged or went to jail after trials for their acts. The white supremacists ruled their states again and are still around waving their symbols, giving interviews celebrating the ideology, and now claim they are victims.
So what happened to some of the big time Confederates in comparison to the Nazis who went to jail and were hung? Robert E. Lee? Not even jailed. Jefferson Davis? Charged with treason but released in two years, no charges.In sum, Germany stuffed its evil into some warehouse and forbid the evil from being ever declared legitimate again. White supremacy in the United States of America is enjoying itself as the current President of the U.S. makes certain now. Were he in Germany he likely would have been a Nazi, some say.