Twitter debates whether Anne Frank had 'white privilege'
We are living in bizarre times where immutable norms, which were once considered sacrosanct, are being violated before our eyes.
A riot is called a peaceful protest; a protest is called an insurrection; Abraham Lincoln is called a racist; and the president of the National Women's Law Center, Fatima Goss Graves, refuses to define a woman.
Rep Andrew Clyde: "I was hoping that you could define what a woman is for us."— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) July 13, 2022
Pro-abortion witness: "I wonder ... if in part the reason you're asking the question is that you're trying to suggest that people who don't identify as women can't be pregnant." pic.twitter.com/2frLaZ4FXp
Leading this theater of absurd is the far-left brainwashed woke mob on social media that hides under the cloak of anonymity and launches coordinated attacks on those who deviate from its groupthink.
Calling them "woke" is a euphemism; it gives the impression that it is their virtuousness that has gone overboard. What they are really is a sinister far-left totalitarian cult that shuts down opposing perspectives. They desire total conformity among the people.
They didn't even spare Hellen Keller, who traveled the world, raising awareness and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Keller was slammed by the mob as "just another, despite disabilities, privileged white person."
The mob's most recent target was Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Frank was a 13-year-old Jewish girl who spent two harrowing years hiding in an Amsterdam basement trying to elude the Gestapo. Frank recounted her deeply traumatic experiences living in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in her diaries, which make for an important historical document related to the Holocaust. Frank eventually was apprehended by the Nazis and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was murdered at the age of just 15.
Even the coldest of humans would feel compassion for Anne Frank and the victims of the Holocaust.
But not the woke mob.
Last weekend, a Twitter debate broke out on whether Anne Frank had "white privilege."
One user tweeted the following: "Anne Frank had 'white privilege.' Bad things happen to people with white privilege also, but don't tell the whites that."
Some users disputed that the Holocaust had even occurred.
Another user tweeted the following: "No one is saying the Nazis didn't target white people, just that white people can hide behind their whiteness, whereas in Nazi USA Black people can't. Go tell black people the whites got it hard."
The discussion emanates from the vile distortion that since most Jewish people are indistinguishable from Caucasians owing to the color of their skin, they have "white privilege." This is an attempt to suggest that the Jewish people who faced genocide in Nazi Germany were lesser victims owing to their skin color.
There is also an attempt to suggest that the Holocaust was the only period when the Jewish people suffered, hence they are lesser victims. The proponents of this theory conveniently ignore the antisemitism that is still rampant all over the world.
Similar ideas were expressed early this year by co-host of The View Whoopi Goldberg, who alleged that Nazis killing Jews was "white people doing it to white people."
Hence, Goldberg asserted that the Holocaust wasn't about race, but instead about "man's inhumanity to man." Goldberg was suspended and ultimately compelled to apologize.
Now for some historical facts.
"Nazi" stands for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei — i.e., The National Socialist German Workers' Party. The Nazis were socialists who practiced identity politics and implemented laws based on it.
The Nazis believed in the superiority of the "Aryan Master Race." The Nazis considered the Jewish people to be inferior, and hence they were excluded from the master race.
The Nuremberg Race Laws in Nazi Germany deprived the Jewish people of German citizenship and forbade marriage or sexual relations between Jews and "citizens of German or kindred blood."
This legalized "otherization" of the Jewish people was among the early stages that eventually led to the Holocaust, where 6 million Jews were brutally massacred.
To attribute "white privilege" to Anne Frank is an attempt by the left to downplay the graveness of the genocide and indulge in victim-blaming and Holocaust denial.
This should come as no surprise: the modern left is viciously antisemitic.
Since they cannot display their bigotry in the open, leftists resort to dog whistles. "We do not hate the Jewish people; we just disapprove of Zionism or the policies of Israel" is what you will hear them say.
Since the days of President Obama, the Democrats have championed the Palestinian cause, abandoning the U.S.'s only true ally and pluralistic democracy in the Middle East, which is Israel. Some Democrats have even described Israel as an "apartheid" state.
The Democrats stay mum when terror-group Hamas fires rockets into Israel. "The Squad," which includes Palestinian-American Rep. Rashida Talib and Somalian Islamist Rep. Ilhan Omar, is blatantly antisemitic and pro-Palestine. These women opposed funding of Israel's Iron Dome. Their fellow Squad member, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, famously "wept" to apologize for her "present" vote.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was raised Jewish and was once sympathetic toward Israel. Recently, he has expressed support for Palestinian causes, perhaps to appease the antisemitic Democrat base.
The left frequently compares the U.S. (under Republicans) to Nazi Germany. This is an abominable trivialization of the darkest chapters in human history.
It's not only the left in the U.S., but also the left in the U.K. that has been rabidly antisemitic.
Back to the mob attacking Anne Frank.
The disgraceful "debate" was shut down by a few prominent Twitter accounts.
The American Jewish Council tweeted the following:
Over the weekend, Anne Frank was trending on social media with users debating whether she had “white privilege.”— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) July 11, 2022
It is an absurd and deeply offensive claim that this victim of the Holocaust benefited from any privilege, white or otherwise.
Here’s why 🧵👇:
Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) July 11, 2022
Learn more: https://t.co/l0xRjHkuEq
Stand with Us, a non-profit educational group dedicated to supporting Israel and fighting antisemitism, tweeted the following:
To argue that someone who endured the #Shoah benefited from any kind of racial privilege is simply disgusting. History shows us that this idea is unequivocally false.— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) July 11, 2022
The World Jewish Congress tweeted the following:
It seems that some people need a reality check this morning.— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) July 11, 2022
In 1940’s Europe, Anne Frank was not able to hide behind her “whiteness”.
Because she was a Jew, Anne and her family hide from the Nazis in an attic…behind a bookcase.
But, as we know, it wasn’t enough.
Israeli-American writer Emily Schrader tweeted the following:
Journalist Ben Hartman viewed the debate about Jews having privilege in context with an email notifying of an FBI warning of a security threat to the Jewish community in San Antonio.
Was just getting caught up on the "Anne Frank had white privilege" thing and found this email from the Austin Jewish Community. Shabbat Shalom! pic.twitter.com/bQkQZT13R7— Ben Hartman (@Benhartman) July 9, 2022
Israeli activist Hen Mazzig also slammed the "debate."
On this website, I have seen people call Anne Frank “a Becky”, “privileged,” and “lucky.”— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) July 9, 2022
We are talking about a CHILD who was MURDERED.
Show some decency and respect.
While facts triumphed in this "debate," it is troubling that discussions such as these keep coming up at regular intervals by Twitter leftists, which are not only based on blatant falsehood, but also deeply insensitive to the victims of an authentic genocide.
It represents an ever deepening rift between black-agenda activists (who are often rich, leftist white women) and Jewish activists, who have historically been closest of allies in the Civil Rights struggle. It's also flat-out Holocaust denial.
It is probably a sign of a U.S. education system desperately in need of a revamp.
Image: Picryl, public domain.