Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Holocaust ended 78 years ago. Though it may seem like ancient history, the truth is that it happened in the lifetimes of our parents and grandparents.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and specifically, the liberation of the survivors of the Auschwitz death camp.

When I think of what has been happening in the past few years, I see scary signs of what could happen again. I think it goes without saying that we don’t want to make the alarm bells ring all of the time. But, given recent events (Kanye, for one), I can’t help but make connections to the recent past.

One of the things that I wish was more well-known was the persecution of the LGBTQ community. Before the war, Berlin was known for its openness to those who were not heteronormative. The ended in 1933. Thousands were murdered and many more were persecuted.

The problem is that many continue to turn a blind eye to this hatred, even those of my faith. Ben Shapiro (whom I dislike with every bone in my body), has been open about his association with the right and their hatred of everyone who is not them. What he conveniently forgets is that at the day, he is still Jewish. The antisemites would still slap a yellow star on his chest and send him to his death.

It has been said that we die twice. The first time is when shuffle off this mortal coil. The second is when we are forgotten. Many of those who were killed have died twice.

May the memories of the millions who were murdered always be a blessing. Z”l.

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To Leave or Stay on Twitter, That is The Question?

Social media may seem innocuous. It is an opportunity to expand your world, connect with other people, etc. But like anything in life, there is a downside.

After nearly a year of speculation, Elon Musk announced that he had finally purchased Twitter. One of his aims with the platform is to ensure that free speech continues to be the raison d’être of the site. He also plans to limit permanent bans of those who have been considered to be problematic (he who shall not be named among them). By the way, Kanye West‘s account has already been reinstated.

The question is, do those who truly believe in free speech and democracy jump ship or stay and fight?

It’s understandable why many have considered leaving if they have not done so already. The signs are already pointing to the website possibly becoming a right-wing shithole.

But what I think we have to remember is that the ultimate power is in our hands. If we stay and continue to speak up, we can show Musk that he is not the all-powerful deity that he thinks he is. It also comes down to advertisers. That’s the only way the company makes money. At the end of the day, if we, the users stay, that will hopefully show Musk that he cannot allow Twitter a free for all.

Which is why I intend to stay.

P.S. If you want to follow me, you can do so at Writergurlny.

Kanye West’s Anti-Semitic Comment Should Disturb All of Us

The Holocaust did not start with concentration camps, gas chambers, ghettos, and mass killings. It started with words, lies, and false accusations.

Kanye West is one of the most respected rappers/musicians in the industry. I’m not a fan, but he is considered by many to be a genius wordsmith.

He is also an anti-semite. A few days ago, West stated that he would go on “Death Con 3” on Jews. His excuse was the following:

 “The funny thing is that I actually can’t be antisemitic because black people are actually Jew[s]”

He also wore a shirt to a fashion event that said “White Lives Matter”.

And as expected, the cherry on top is the usual response from the right.

I don’t know if this is due to his mental health issues or if this is his way of grabbing the spotlight. If it is due to mental illness, then he should seek out help if he has not already done so. If he just wants attention, this is not the way to go about it.

While promoting her new film, Halloween Ends, actress Jamie Lee Curtis (whose father is the late Jewish actor Tony Curtis), responded to West’s comments on The Today Show.

The fact is that words matter. They can hurt and they can kill. Perhaps West should consider that before opening his mouth.

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P.S. If West thinks that pretending to be a right-wing nut will save him from the racists, he has another thing coming.

Thoughts On Kanye West’s Mental Health Issues

When a subject is taboo, the first step in removing the taboo is starting a conversation about that subject. Sometimes, that conversation starts with the headline of a known name tied to that issue.

As of late, rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West‘s behavior has become so erratic that his family has asked for compassion as he faces another brutal battle with Bipolar Disorder.

I normally loathe to discuss this particular family, but this topic hits too close to home.

Mental illness of any kind is not a joke, nor it is a drama king/queen’s way of getting attention. It is a real health condition that requires support and access to medical care. Until we realize that and put in the structure needed to help those who suffer, it will never be on par with physical illness.

How the F*ck Did Kanye West Get a PPP Loan?

When the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP was enacted a few months ago, its purpose was to help America’s small business owners stay open and financially afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was not designed to give millions to large corporations whose bottom line would remain unaffected. But someone was not paying attention as to who received the money. According to a news report from this morning, Kanye West was one of the recipients of the PPP.

Now granted, the money was meant to keep his clothing line company going. While I understand that, it seems that the money was given out with little though to who actually need the loan vs. who didn’t need the loan. Who actually needed the funds was the local Mom and Pop stores, not the big companies whose profit margins have a healthy amount of zeroes attached to them.

As I see it, this is just another reason to vote you know who out in November. There was clearly little structure and little planning to ensure that the funds did not go to those who did not need it. Just like every decision this administration has made.

No Offense, But Kanye West Is A F**ckin Idiot

It’s not usual for those in the spotlight to make unusual or highly political statements. But sometimes, one of those statements can go just a little too far.

If his actions during this weekend’s season opener of Saturday Night Live were not enough to raise a few eyebrows, Kanye West made a statement on twitter in regards to abolishing the 13th Amendment.

Personally, I am not a fan of his music. But that is another topic for another blog post.

However, his comments about abolishing the 13th amendment make me wonder if he is not all there, or if he is just shooting off his mouth simply to sell more copies of his new album.

If he is not all there, then he should be receiving help. However, if this is just another publicity stunt to sell his album, then it makes me wonder if he is truly aware of the history of African-Americans in the United States. Before I go any further, I must state that I am not African-American and cannot see through the eyes/experiences of someone who is. But I am still offended never the less.

His statement bothers me for two reasons. The first reason is that he has young fans who are impressionable. The second reason is that this statement is utterly ignorant of American history. If slavery of African-Americans still existed, Kanye West, like his brethren, would be a slave. He would not be seen as a human being, but a material possession to be  bought and sold at will. He would be denied all legal rights and would not even be counted as an individual when counted in the census.

There are some who use their fame for good. They want to make the world a better place. Kanye West is not one of these people.

No Kanye, Slavery Is Not A Choice

Kanye West is as much known for his music as much as he known for shooting his mouth off.

Recently, he was on TMZ Live and stated that slavery was a choice.

While he was on the air, he made the following statement:

“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”

I’m not African-American. I cannot and will not claim to see the world from the perspective of someone who is African-American.

However, even I know enough to know that for the entirety of human existence, slavery has never been a choice. One does not choose to be torn away from their home and family, put in chains and taken to another land thousands of miles away to work. One does not choose to be treated as less than a full human being and be denied their rights as said human being. One does not choose to live with the legacy of slavery, even though the physical chains have long since disappeared.

I could continue, but I think the Daily Show summed it up best.

 

Kim Kardashian Has Married (Again)

In non-news, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are now married. According to the news reports, they married in a lavish ceremony that cost more than most people’s annual salaries.

Am I the only one taking bets on how long this marriage will last?

The thing that bothers me about this non news is that the new Mrs. West, should she become the ex Mrs. West in the future, can marry as many times as she likes. She may one day, if it is her prerogative, beat Elizabeth Taylor’s record for the number of times that she says I do. In contrast, there are gay couples who have been together for decades, as committed and loyal to their partners as any straight, married heterosexual couple.

And yet, they are denied the legal and social benefits of marriage simply because they are a same sex couple.

On top of this being made news, when it is not, the real news is being pushed aside. This weekend being Memorial Day weekend, the real news should be the American soldiers who have given their lives to protect this country and the freedoms we cherish. A reality star’s third trip up the aisle is not news worthy.

This will be the first and last post that I mention the new Mrs. West. I wish her well on her marriage and I hope I will see the day when all couples regardless of whether they are heterosexual or homosexual,  can say I do.

 

 

 

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