Was Hitler Overrated:
The Evil That Men Do
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott
Starting this weekend, millions of Jewish people will mourn one of the most tragic events in the history of mankind; The Holocaust. There will be many discussions and observances surrounding the universal epitome of absolute evil, Adolf Hitler.
However, as a descendant of the millions of Africans who were killed during the TransAtlantic Slave Trade, I have always had one burning question. Was Hitler overrated ?
Don’t get me wrong, I despise der Fuhrer and everything he stood for. And I believe that every Jewish person should make a vow to make a pilgrimage to spit on Hitler’s grave at least once in his or her lifetime.
There is no doubt that Adolf Hitler was one of the most despicable people to ever walk the planet.
However, for African Americans, he would not even make the David Letterman’s Top 10 list.
From a Black standpoint, there are many men whom we would consider more evil than Hitler. There is no doubt that his idea of a superior Aryan race left my ancestors out of the equation. However, for Black folk , Aryan superiority and white supremacy are one in the same.
Now this is not an attempt to qualify or even quantify human suffering ,as every life is precious, whether it be one or one million. But it is problematic when you can ask a little Black child in Southside Chicago who was the worst man to ever live and he will ,automatically, yell out Adolf Hitler, while not having a clue about the evil committed against his own people by evil men, past and present.
We can start with the Portuguese invaders who kicked off the TransAtlantic Slave trade , which resulted in the deaths of between 60 million and 200 million Africans. The reason why an exact number is hard to pin down is because nobody cared. The body bags of my ancestors were not numbered for loss of life but for loss of income, so the “official” numbers only reflect how much “cargo” was lost by the slave traders.
We cannot forget about the colonizers and exploiters of Africa like King Leopold and Cecil Rhodes who were responsible for the deaths of millions of Africans and the raping our motherland. But since Africans were considered savages, their slaughters were considered strictly business.
At one point in this country the murder of Black people was considered legal , partly because the enslaved Africans were not considered human. Even though some may argue it was just for “tax purposes”, Black people were still considered 3/5 human by the framers of the Constitution and there is nothing in the way in which they were treated to contradict that ideology.
One could also point to the early founders of the Ku Klux Klan and other white terrorists groups who were responsible for the lynchings of thousands of Black men and women. Or those responsible for the tragic events at Tulsa, Oklahoma and Rosewood where many African Americans were murdered.
During the Civil Rights Era, what about the men responsible for bombing a Birmingham church, killing four little innocent girls or the murders of Emmett Till ?
Or how about law enforcement officers like Bull Connor who would sic police dogs on children or J. Edgar Hoover, who was responsible for The COINTELPRO program that wiped out many of the Black leaders of the 60’s, leaving a void in the Black community that has yet to be filled, today.
Furthermore, what about those who are responsible for bringing’ guns and drugs in the ‘hood that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of young Black men and women. And also, the entertainment executives who have grown filthy rich exploiting this cycle of death in the movies and on the radio?
What is most disturbing is that we are not allowed to grieve over our suffering, we are told to “forgive and forget or “stop living in the past.” While the Jewish cry of “Never Forget” is widely respected.
So the main reason why we don’t have a “Hitler” to point to as the personification of the evil that men do, is because for Black people, there are just too many to name.
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott’s website is No Warning Shots Fired.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow on Twitter @truthminista