No one wants to see their hometown in the news for unsavory reasons. But I was not shocked when I learned that my hometown, Newnan, Georgia — a small city near Atlanta — would…host a neo-Nazi rally. Instead, I was shocked that so many Newnan folks were shocked. As the white supremacists — mostly from out-of-town — prepared to gather in Newnan last weekend, there were public declarations from the city’s residents and leaders that the hatred exemplified by the neo-Nazis was not welcome. And yet, as the two… >> Read More
On Saturday, a group of Neo-Nazis rallied in the small Georgia town of Newnan, which is about 40 miles outside of Atlanta.
While there were "only" about two dozen white supremacists at the rally,…they still made a huge impact when they held a swastika burning in Draketown — a town some 50 miles from Newnan — that night. The swastika burning brought to mind horrific images of Nazi Germany. In response, Jewish mom Stephanie Wittels Wachs — the sister of the late Parks and Rec comic Harris Wittels — tweeted… >> Read More
This adorable pug, Buddha, knows how to do a Nazi salute. (Yes, you read that correctly).
And now, the man responsible for teaching him, has been found guilty of a hate crime.
Scotland's Mark…Meechan, 30, taught his girlfriend's pug to raise his paw in response to statements like "gas the Jews" and "Heil Hitler." Meechan posted videos of the dog performing the trick on his YouTube channel, Count Dankula. (Yes, you also read that correctly.) The original video, posted in September 2016, drew more than 3 million views before it… >> Read More
What do Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, and Adolf Hitler have in common? Well, according to a kids' book, they are all great leaders.
The book, Great Leaders, was published by the Pegasus imprint…of India’s B. Jain Publishing Group in 2016. The product description on the publisher’s website said the book highlights 11 leaders “who will inspire you.” Wait, what? The Nazi leader appears on the on the 48-page book's cover, alongside Obama, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. The book drew the ire of the… >> Read More
"The Nazis were bad people who didn’t like Jews," I heard myself saying to my 3-year-old.
I immediately questioned this rather disappointing explanation. Bad people? What does that mean?…Haven’t my wife and I always told our child that people aren’t "bad" or "good," even if they do bad or good things? And isn’t “didn’t like Jews” rather an understatement? But, then, what exactly should you tell such a young child about the Holocaust? I was in this predicament because of "The Sound of… >> Read More