The Similarities Between the Violence Against the Rohingya and the Holocaust are Too Scary to Ignore

Since the beginning of our species, humanity has evolved in ways that our ancestors could have never dreamed of. But there is one aspect that is unchanged: hate.

In Myanmar, the official policy against the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority has been discrimination and violence. On a recent episode of the WNYC show, The Takeaway, the subject was the brutal treatment of this specific group, which has escalated in the last five years.

The similarities to the Holocaust are too scary to not ignore.

  1. Spreading lies and slowly dehumanizing a specific minority.
  2. Enacting laws that strip them of their rights as citizens and human beings.
  3. Removing access to educational and professional opportunities for both children and adults.
  4. While the world looks away, those in power continue on their path, knowing that nothing and no one is standing in their way.
  5. Destroying homes and taking material possessions at will.
  6. Forcing many to become refugees and ramping up the persecution of those who stay.
  7. Outright murder.

While I was listening to this story, I could feel and hear the cries of the six million murdered. Their souls reach through time and space, asking why it is happening again. I wish I could answer them. But I cannot.

Maybe this time, the rest of the world will pick their head out of their asses and stop this madness. But knowing what has happened in the not too distant past, I highly doubt it will happen.

May the memories of everyone who has been killed by hate be a blessing. Z”L.

P.S. In the English city of Norwich, human remains were recently found in a well. Tests revealed that the victims (three of whom were young girls) were all murdered in a medieval pogrom simply because they were Jews.

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Fighting With My Family Movie Review

When one is the subject of a biopic, they are normally no longer with us or getting up in age.

The new film, Fighting With My Family, is a biopic about Paige, a wrestler who won the Divas Championship at the young age of 21. To this day, she is the youngest woman to have won the title. Today, she is in her mid 20’s.

Saraya Knight aka Paige (Florence Pugh) lives and breathes professional wrestling. Her parents earn their living and support their family by holding matches and teach wrestling to local kids in Norwich, England. Her dream one day is to be a professional wrestler with the WWE. The opportunity to see this dream become a reality comes by an offer to audition for the WWE. The problem is that Paige passes her audition and her brother Zak, who shares his sister’s dream (Jack Lowden) does not get beyond the initial audition stage.

While Paige faces the hurdle of the next stage in her training, Zak must deal with the idea that his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler will never come to pass. Can Zak make peace with the path that his life has taken and more importantly, does Paige have the fight in her to become the wrestler she has always wanted to be?

I know that it’s too early to create a top ten list of movies released in 2019. But if there was such a list, Fighting With My Family would be pretty high up on the list. The movie has humor, has a heart and is genuinely engaging. Most of all, the message of being yourself and pushing past the obstacles between yourself and your dreams speaks to all of us.

I recommend it.

Fighting With My Family is presently in theaters. 

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