Kirsters Baish| Conservative Tribune explains the basic concept of “cultural appropriation” as “taking something from a group that qualifies as marginalized and using it is considered immoral.” This seems to be an important concept in 2018. For any of our readers who aren’t familiar with the popular hashtag “#NeverForget,” it was originally created to reference the Holocaust. Now it seems that Parkland shooting survivor turned anti-gun activist David Hogg doesn’t care about cultural appropriation when it doesn’t fit his liberal agenda, because he has reportedly co-written a book with a his sister, Lauren Hogg, entitled “#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line.”
A Holocaust survivor named Dov Marhoffer has now come forward to teach Hogg a lesson about “cultural appropriation.” Marhoffer wrote a piece for the Arizona Jewish Post in which he slammed the millennial for his decision to use the phrase which was created specifically to be associated with “the most systematic genocide of all time.”
Marhoffer wrote, “The Holocaust cannot properly be likened to any recurring event. ‘Never again’ belongs to the Holocaust, not the gun control movement.”
He continued, “Police officers are not Nazi storm troopers because they wear uniforms and carry firearms. Politicians are not Nazis or Hitler because their policies are objectionable to furious critics. Inner cities burning because residents are poor or mistreated is not a holocaust. Describing non-vegan meals as ‘a holocaust on your plate’ is offensive. Polarizing hyperbole removes all sense of historical perspective and proportion. If everything offensive or objectionable is a holocaust, then nothing is — not even the real Holocaust — and we invite ‘the-boy-who-cried-wolf’ effect. Idle invocation of Holocaust or Hitler causes the shock value to wear off and people to tune out. Today, misinformed students, cynically led by progressives, are using school shootings and their subsequent rallying calls to confiscate guns and turn them over to government — the exact opposite of the core lessons to be learned. This is so fundamentally wrong no justification can excuse it.”
Then he mentioned Hogg’s book, which he labeled as “a desperate call for gun control.”
He was unhappy with the fact that Hogg decided to use the coined phrase for a subject totally unrelated to the Holocaust, but he also explained that he wasn’t on board with Hogg’s reason for calling for gun control.
“Lacking historical perspective and sufficient creativity to invent their own themes does not justify them absconding with ‘Never again’ — the sacrosanct call to arms of Jews who survived history’s quintessential tragedy,” he explained. “It is an affront to those who perished, and to the survivors.”
The Holocaust survivor explained that internet searches for “Never Again” now seems to yield more results of high schoolers and anti-gun demonstrations than the Holocaust.
“The students’ proposed solutions to classroom murders are the same tired, failed shibboleths that progressive/socialists have pushed for decades,” Marhoffer wrote. “These have failed to make a dent in the crisis, and instead infringe the freedoms of America’s law-abiding citizens. More than two decades of incessantly demanded background checks, expanded so-called ‘gun-free zones’ and confiscatory gun laws have left inner-city criminals fully armed and their victims disarmed.”
Conservative Tribune writes:
Marhoffer describes himself as a “registered Democrat who cannot fathom the paradox of other Democrats, who believe Donald Trump is a 21st-century version of Hitler, yet they also want the government to have a monopoly on firearms!”
“Disarming law-abiding citizens and concentrating firearms in government hands is fundamentally wrong and disastrous. Our Founders understood this, these students do not. Freedom hangs on these truths,” he concluded.
“Our schools and teachers share blame for censoring these fundamental lessons. Disarming law-abiding Americans runs counter to realities of the Holocaust, invites real calamity and ensures seeds of a new Holocaust will be sown in fertile soil. The book’s publisher and the motivated high-school students should change course. America needs real solutions, not cultural theft.”
Marhoffer is spot on throughout his entire essay. David Hogg and his retinue have tried to spice up tired arguments with apocalyptic rhetoric, invoking the Holocaust and other historical tragedies in order to amplify their points. In doing so, however, they reveal just how bankrupt the entire enterprise is and how little they truly know of history.
Ouch. David Hogg should probably take from this that cultural appropriation doesn’t just apply when it fits his agenda. It’s not wise to alienate a Holocaust survivor.
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