America was founded on principles of freedom, equality, and the right to be who you are without being persecuted for it. You’d think we would be way past this issue in the modern day world, but it seems as if history really does repeat itself.
It is a bit mind boggling to think that people in today’s society are actually still racist. We should all be well aware that we are people who bleed the same color, have the same organs, and are all in depth spiritual creatures. We are all so distracted in today’s society that we forget that history repeats itself. As ridiculous as it is, we have newfound leaders who are promoting racism in every political aspect. People are so involved in who is right and wrong, they forget that it is possible to side with a political leader and be blinded to the real intentions of their agenda. You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was once too, elected into office.
1947 anti-fascist video made by US military to teach citizens how to avoid falling for people like Trump is relevant again. pic.twitter.com/vkTDD1Tplh
— Michael (@OmanReagan) August 13, 2017
Fascism and prejudices are something that we should have left in the past a long time ago. It was once such an issue in the early 1900’s, that The US Department of Defense, Known as the US Department of War at the time, released this video outlining how to recognize corrupt political leaders that promote fascism. It’s a 17-minute long short film, and it was released to theatres all around the country in 1947 – nearly 70 years ago.
It has recently gone viral when it found a modern day audience through Michael Oman-Reagan tweeted a portion of the video to his almost 25,000 followers in response to white supremacists marching on Charlottesville, Virginia with torches.
It is strikingly eerie how well the 70-year-old video applies to our current political reality today. It highlights the dangers of letting the loudest voices divide us. The video begins with a man yelling from a soapbox, “I tell you, friends, we’ll never be able to call this country our own until it’s a country without … Negroes, without alien foreigners, without Catholics, without Freemasons.” You can even hear members of his audience rambling, and at one point you hear, “This fella seems to know what he’s talking about.”
One Hungarian man in the film delivers the moral of the story, stating, “I have seen what this kind of talk can do. I saw it in Berlin,” he remarks. “I heard the same words we have heard today.”
“But I was a fool then,” he says before delivering the kicker: “I thought Nazis were crazy people, stupid fanatics. Unfortunately, it was not so. They knew they were not strong enough to conquer a unified country, so they split Germany into small groups. They used prejudice as a practical weapon to cripple the nation.”
You can see the full video below, or at The Internet Archive.