Former ESPN host Jemele Hill posted on Twitter that the United States was “as bad as Nazi Germany” – and the Internet responded.
“Been reading Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, ‘Caste,’ and if you were of the opinion that the United States wasn’t nearly as bad as Nazi Germany, how wrong you are. Can’t encourage you enough to read this masterpiece,” Hill wrote on Twitter Sunday.
Been reading Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, “Caste,” and if you were of the opinion that the United States wasn’t nearly as bad as Nazi Germany, how wrong you are. Can’t encourage you enough to read this masterpiece.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 23, 2020
The book she’s referencing explains how America’s “entire social structure” is really “an unrecognized caste system,” according to its description on Amazon.
“Most people see America as racist, and Wilkerson agrees that it is indeed racist. She points out that we tend to refer to slavery as a “sad, dark chapter” in America when in fact it lasted for hundreds of years—but in order to maintain a social order and an “economy whose bottom gear was torture” (as Wilkerson quotes the historian Edward Baptist), it was necessary to give blacks the lowest possible status. Whites in turn got top status,” the summary continues.
And apparently, that book – heralded by Oprah Winfrey, a black lady whose net worth of $2.7 billion makes her the richest woman in the world – has convinced Hill that America is on par with Nazi Germany, where millions of Jews, along with racial minorities and the mentally and physically impaired, were forced into labor camps, gassed en masse, imprisoned in ghettos, tortured, experimented on, and dumped into mass graves.
The same Nazi Germany that millions of Americans fought and died to defeat, ultimately liberating the same camps used to exterminate millions of innocent men, women and children. Which, of course, the Internet was quick to point out.
Just the basic fact that you have a huge platform/make a solid living shitting on the President and haven't been locked in a labor camp says this is the complete opposite of nazi germany.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 23, 2020
I never met some of my family because the Nazis killed them and buried them in mass graves or cremated their bodies.. Did the U.S. Ever do this? pic.twitter.com/USRBsgjbQY— Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) August 24, 2020
Are you ok? Do you need help? You seem to be catastrophizing to an extreme degree about the society you live in, and cognitive behavioral therapy can make a difference in this.— James Lindsay, Captain Deathstar Underpants (@ConceptualJames) August 23, 2020