IN TIMES LIKE THESE, IN­VOKE THE HOLO­CAUST IF YOU MUST

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Is it ever OK to in­voke the Holo­caust in a dis­cus­sion about modern po­lit­i­cal events, and if so, when? This ques­tion has a way of sur­fac­ing again and again and again in the era of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and its an­swer is al­most al­ways the same.

If you’re a per­son con­demn­ing the de­hu­man­iza­tion of marginal­ized groups, the an­swer is a hard yes: Hate and vi­o­lence do not man­i­fest overnight. There are signs. In­voke the Holo­caust if you must.

But if you’re some­one on the other side of the de­bate, some­one with a ten­dency to de­fend the de­hu­man­iz­ing tac­tics of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, your an­swer to this

ques­tion is a hard no: The Holo­caust should never be in­voked be­cause this (the tear-gassing of mi­grants at the U.s.-mex­ico bor­der, chil­dren among them) is not that (the sys­temic mass mur­der of mil­lions by the Nazis dur­ing the Sec­ond World War).

By now, you’ve prob­a­bly seen the photo (cap­tured by pho­to­jour­nal­ist Kim Kyunghoon) of Hon­duran mi­grant

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