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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-29-10 07:48 AM
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10. Thank you, but I'm fully cognizant of Nazi history,
After all, I study it, write about it, and publish on it.

Yes, it did start "small" if you call the systematic identification, followed by boycotts and forcing Jews from small towns to large cities, then looting their remaining property small.

The use of the term Nazi in relation to racial profiling does cheapen the term. It also cheapens the term when the right uses it in regard to people it doesn't like on the left. Yes, I know, the term Nazi has been tossed about pretty frivolously over the past fifty, sixty years. But frankly I don't think that it is an excuse for cheapening the term any further. The actions of the Nazis were horrible, brutal, and using that term has certain connotations that most people simply fail to appreciate. Using it in such a manner, in regards to racial profiling does cheapen the term, and obscures the real horror of what went on in Nazi Germany.

Do I think that we're approaching that level of horror, yes, slowly but inexorably we are. But we're not there yet, in fact given the reaction of both Arizonans and the rest of the country to this despicable law, we actually might be further away than I first thought. I just think that using the term Nazi in this context draws a comparison that is, at this point in time, inapt.
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