IN TIMES LIKE THESE, INVOKE THE HOLOCAUST IF YOU MUST
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