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#1193: comparative brutality (Wrenn responds) (fwd)
From: Pamela Wrenn <email@example.com>
While I find the history of the African Holocaust to be very complex and a
topic of intense interest, there is something very unsettling for me when I
hear people "waxing" the topic with this "comparative brutality" string.
My question is two-part: Do people discuss the Jewish Holocaust in this same
"comparative brutality" vein? (as if there was a "kinder, gentler" approach
to mass genocide) Also, do discussions like this somehow make the
descendents of the oppressed and the oppressors feel somehow less
uncomfortable about the history of the African Holocaust?
I hope that I don't offend anyone when I make this analogy, it's just that
with the _millions_ of African (and indigenous) peoples that were massacred
throughout the history of slavery in the Americas, I've yet to find a better
analogy which reflects the magnitude. Any takers?
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