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GENOCIDE: Writer misses columnist’s point

Letter by Nigel S. Malden, Tacoma on May 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm with 2 Comments »
May 7, 2012 2:35 pm

Re: “Holocaust was not unprecedented” (letter, 5-2).

The writer argues that syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was wrong to claim that “the crimes of the Nazi regime were singular, unprecedented in their sheer awfulness.” She gives examples of other atrocities in other places at other times. In doing so, she may have missed Pitts’ point.

The public has the right to question the intelligence and judgment of someone running for the U.S. Senate. The candidate at issue said that requiring business establishments to post no-smoking signs is just like requiring anyone of Jewish ancestry to wear an armband with the yellow Star of David. Pitts argues that “the idea of equating the two is ridiculous, offensive and unworthy of serious people.”

It seems hard to disagree with Pitts if you understand that the Nazi armband law was enforced under penalty of death without trial to facilitate the deportation and murder of millions.

 

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  1. blakeshouse says:

    With Pitts being the biggest socialist in syndication who gives a paupers damn as to what the idiot thinks.

  2. Hi Nigel,

    The funny thing is that I totally agree with Pitt’s argument in that editorial and only took issue with that one sentence, literally that ONE sentence. That’s why I refer to Pitt as brilliant. Due to the 250 word constraint I had to sacrifice contextualizing my wider view of Pitt’s work in order to argue my point in more detail, which in truth is unrelated to what he was saying in the piece I extracted the sentence from.

    My best,
    Michelle

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