Jemele Hill is a writer for The Atlantic and a producer for Disney and ESPN. Recently, Hill sent out a tweet promoting Isabel Wilkerson’s book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” 

If you were of the opinion that the United States wasn’t nearly as bad as Nazi Germany, how wrong you are.”

Shocking precisely nobody, this tweet rubbed some people the wrong way.  (And remember, The Atlantic fired conservative writer Kevin Williamson because he was too controversial.  Don’t hold your breath for them to take any action against Hill…  for leftists, it’s never controversial to unfairly critique America.)

Conservative analyst Tim Pool sent out a response, saying “Just the basic fact that you have a huge platform/make a solid living sh-tting on the President and haven’t been locked in a labor camp says this is the complete opposite of nazi germany. Grow up.”

He has a point. Hill famously tweeted calling Trump and his supporters, “white supremacists.” Not sure that sort of criticism of government leaders and the citizens would have flown in 1940s Berlin.

Hill pivoted, explaining her controversial stance.

“Nowhere in my tweet did I say the current state of America is like Nazi Germany. I was referring specifically to our racial history. The parallels have been pointed out by plenty of historians, not just Isabel Wilkerson. You tell me to grow up. I say, you need to read more.”

One user tweeted, “The Confederacy harnessed racial hatred toward an economic system using slave labor as its central input. That is undoubtedly one of history’s great evils. But … it is not the same as attempting, and meaningfully working toward, the extermination of an entire people group.”

The Federalist reported on the tweet, stating: 

It’s obviously and unobjectionably true that Jim Crow laws were horrific and oppressive to black people in America, and are a shameful part of our legal history. However, it is important to note that the Nuremberg Laws went dramatically further than the laws in the United States. Likewise, they legalized a state-led genocide, which murdered 6 million people.”

This radical book has not only been embraced by Hill, but also is a New York Times bestseller, as well as being featured in Oprah’s Book Club. 

Hill isn’t the only one who has made such claims. Retired singer Linda Ronstadt made similar claims to CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this year. 

“If you look at history, you won’t be surprised, it’s exactly the same. You find a common enemy for everybody to hate” Ronstadt said. “I was sure that Trump was going to get elected the day he announced, and I said it’s going to be like Hitler and the Mexicans are the new Jews. And sure enough, that’s what he delivered.”

Social justice warriors may love this book and its message, and people can express whatever opinions they have… even if they are idiotic. 

Hill and Ronstadt should be grateful they’re so wrong.

Hat Tip: The Federalist

Image Credit: James Vaughan World War II Propaganda via Flickr

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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