The heartfelt reunion.
Thanks brain. This is just a great way to be.
When it comes to superheroes, I’m less “who would win in a fight” and more “who would sing what on karoke night?”
Less “could x beat up y” and more “what would x cook if s/he knew y was coming over for dinner?”
Put the two together and you get SUPERHERO IRON CHEF.
I would watch the hell out of Steve Rogers going head to head with Clark Kent in a cooking competition
I think it would be funny if Steve BOILED everything and still won
It has been canon that Clark uses his heat vision to cook and often burns things.
What was Nathan doing for cash?
The only thing you need to see.. Peter dinklage and Lena Heady hula hooping at a gay bar.
they only teach it as a holocaust if millions of white people are killed
Okay, I was going to scroll past - I was even going to reblog, sans commentary - and then I hit that caption.
Because you know what?
In 1945, Jews weren’t “white”. They were “Jews.” For hundreds of years, Jews weren’t considered Caucasian, or European, or part of the privileged elite in any way, shape, or form. Even running the banks was another way to keep us oppressed, because guess what? If all bankers are Jews, and you don’t like your interest rates, there’s no one who’s going to protest if you light our fucking house on fire.
But you know what? Okay, leave aside the Jews. Because we get taught about (even if it’s not really given the time it deserves) and we’ve got a country (that’s busy pushing itself towards hell in a handbasket) and the Native Americans/First Nations got neither of those.
Let me tell you about the Romani.
Let me tell you about the Irish.
Let me tell you about the Scots.
Let me tell you about Armenia.
Let me tell you about China.
And then the Palestinian Territories again.
Let me tell you about the Aborigines.
And then let me tell you this:
We are taught about one genocide, if we are taught about any, and that is the Holocaust. We should be taught about more. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee should be required reading for every high school student. We should learn about the complete and utter dickery committed by the US Government in the 19th (and 18th and 20th and 21st) century (centuries).
We should also learn about the fact that our erstwhile ally during WWII was busy killing more of its own people than Germany ever accomplished.
But you know what?
If we have to learn about one genocide, let’s learn about the Holocaust.
And I’m not trying to diminish 100 million dead, or countless ripped from their land, or any of that.
But 11 million people died in camps in 6 years (really more like 4). And that’s something the US Government never accomplished.
But the genocide of the Native Americans was committed (and it makes me nauseous to type this, but it’s true) by people believing that the Native Americans were savages, were animals, were of less value than the two billion bison killed during the same period. It was committed by soldiers against strangers. And many did not know.
And the genocide of the Jews was committed by a population who lived alongside them, who knew that Abram was just as smart as Johan, who knew that they were human - and who killed them, and let them die regardless. It was committed by soldiers against their own neighbours. And everyone knew.
What I’m trying to say here, I guess, is this: the genocide of the Native Americans was horrible, but it won’t happen again until we discover aliens, and possibly not even then. But the genocide of the Jews occurred in the most highly educated population in the world and it can happen any day, in any country.
And that is why the Holocaust is taught in schools.
I’ve been to Auschwitz and Birkenau with my pupils yesterday. It’s not only that people killed people out of hatred. It’s not only that everyone knew and most of the population stayed silent. It’s the perverted way that these millions of people were killed - the Nazis made them believe that they were simply relocated to another country. They made them believe that they would be able to build up a new life in the east (they even gave out flyers telling them what to take with them to their new ‘homes’). Even when people arrived in Auschwitz they were made believe that everyting would be fine. That they were to take a shower after the long journey, hundreds of them in one wagon supposed to transport animals. There were changing rooms with rules how to take a bath etc. And then they went in, not suspecting anything when the Nazis threw in gas bombs… In Birkenau 4000 to 5000 people were killed evey day!
re-blogging for the last two comments… and damn, that second one really did their research.
The one thing that always stands out so much about the Holocaust, when you study it alongside other genocides, is that it’s not just the sheer volume of people they killed, it’s the systematic way in which they did it. It was a process, a factory line. They literally sat down and had a meeting to figure out the most cost-effective, the most time-effective way to slaughter as many people as quickly as possible.
Genocide happens. It’s happening right now. And it is horrific. But that’s why the Holocaust stands out so much. Because it’s so very different. Because Hitler was voted into power democratically by the German people, and then the parliament voted itself out of existence.
Because the German people were fed propaganda by the government that told them, scientifically, that all Jewish men and women were sub-human. Because the German people rioted in the streets and smashed up Jewish homes just for kicks. Because no one batted an eyelid about ratting out their friends and neighbours if they thought they might’ve had a Jewish grandparent. Because no one batted an eyelid when thousands of Jewish doctors and lawyers and bankers had their jobs stripped from them, because hey, more jobs for Germans!
We should be taught about more genocides. Because there are so many of them. Because everyone thinks the term genocide and Holocaust are interchangeable and they’re not. Because this is just one model of genocide and people think it’s the only signposts that matter and that’s a crock of bullshit. It’s not just about people being rounded up and gassed. It’s about a government, a group in power, an opposing side in a civil war, destroying a culture, forcing a people from their homeland and erasing all trace of them, it’s soldiers raping civilian women so they bare children that are considered the ‘right’ race.
My point is, in amongst all my distracted rambling, is that genocides come in many different forms, that are often fairly similar, and that the Holocaust was actually quite stand out in its differences. My point is that because of the Holocaust, the UN was conceived and the reason why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights became a thing. My point is that all genocides are worth studying, all genocides should be acknowledged, and just because one is taught more than others, doesn’t make it any less horrific.
Fun fact about the ‘systematic way’ and keeping up appearances (at least in the beginning): my great-grandfather was killed in Auschwitz. He died way back at the early stages of the camp’s existence, when it wasn’t so over-populated and basically a death factory. He died there and his widow (my great-grandmother) got a letter from Auschwitz, in German, stating that they were regretful to inform her that her husband passed away due to a sudden illness.
AUSCHWITZ ADMINISTRATION USED TO SEND OUT LETTERS INFORMING OF THE PRISONERS’ DEATHS TO WHATEVER FAMILIES THEY HAD LEFT OUTSIDE OF THE CAMP.
Inclusive children go far.