Racism’s role | Tom Camfield

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Posted 4/13/22

BUT A COUPLE OF STEPS BACK for humanity on the world-wide scene also were reported on the front page of the same daily paper (The Seattle Times) on April 9. Reminiscent of the early days of World War …

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BUT A COUPLE OF STEPS BACK for humanity on the world-wide scene also were reported on the front page of the same daily paper (The Seattle Times) on April 9. Reminiscent of the early days of World War II some 81 or 82 years ago, the Associated Press headline read “MISSILE KILLS AT LEAST 52 AT CROWDED UKRAINIAN TRAIN STATION.” Dozens more were wounded, and the death toll more recently has been raised to “at least 57.” According to Ukrainian officials, a Russian missile struck a crowd of thousands at a train station attempting to flee a new looming Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine. On a remaining portion of the missile was painted in Russian “For the children.”

The story, by Adam Schreck and Cara Anna, read: “The attack, denounced by some as another war crime in the conflict, came as workers unearthed bodies from a mass grave in Bucha, a town near Ukraine’s capital where dozens of killings have been documented after a Russian pull-out.”

On Tuesday, April 12, another Associated Press story quoted the mayor of Mariupol, who estimated that 10,000 people have been killed in the siege of that southern port city of Ukraine — with a final total of 20,000 expected. Several war crimes are described in this story.

In my mind’s eye came immediately the old movie news-reel of a crowd chanting “Sieg Heil” and casting a one-armed salute to an on-stage Adolf Hitler preaching hatred about 1941 — as Jews from eastern Poland were suffocating to death in overcrowded boxcars en route to concentration-camp gas chambers.

About the only difference between then and now was that Hitler raised things to the Holocaust level by specifically killing at least 6,000,000 Jews and various non-Aryans. Yes, there was a Holocaust; and plenty of us are still around who can testify to it. I kept a scrap book of Hitler’s early days — although it’s long gone now.

My grandson Taylor Camfield-Bronstein is directly descended from Harry Bronstein and Dora Snyder (his great grandparents), both Polish Jews born in Lomaz. Other Jewish related families that emigrated from Poland before Hitler’s reign of terror were Bloom and Dolobovsky. Brief histories of these families will be found in my 1996 book ”History/Genealogy of Family Camfield” (New York City public library, local historical society, etc.). Leon Trotsky, well-known Ukrainian-Russian Marxist revolutionary, (1879-1940) actually was born Lev Davidovich Bronstein.

In the days leading up to the current invasion, Trump praised Putin for recognizing Ukraine’s economic and strategic value to Russia. “He’s going to go in and be a peace-keeper,” Trump said. “We could use that on our southern border.”

Another murderous dictator began his reign as dictator of Russia, then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the year I was born (1929). Joseph Stalin, ruled the Soviet Union until 1953, transforming it from a peasant society into an industrial and military superpower. He ruled by terror, and millions of his own citizens died during his brutal reign. 

Born into poverty, Stalin became involved in revolutionary politics, as well as criminal activities, as a young man. After Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) died, Stalin outmaneuvered his rivals for control of the party. Once in power, he collectivized farming and had potential enemies executed or sent to forced labor camps. Stalin aligned with the United States and Britain in World War II (1939-1945) but afterward engaged in an increasingly tense relationship with the West known as the Cold War (1946-1991). After his death, the Soviets initiated a de-Stalinization process.

This history, begun here, is pretty well covered at length in Wikipedia.com.

Meanwhile, while Trump sits around cursing the Free Press that has been totally eliminated in Russia but still exists in the U.S., one is left wondering just what it is exactly he thinks we could use at our southern border (See foregoing quote).

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  • MargeS

    Remember April 28th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Although we later got into WWII, the U.S. didn't do enough to stop the killing in Germany, lets not make the same mistake again.

    Wednesday, April 13 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    In Toms's world if anyone has doubts about M. Jackson being a Supreme Court Judge they are automatically smeared as a "racist". I guess Tom doesn't mind that someone who will be interpreting our Constitution and our laws doesn't know how to define a woman, and doesn't know when life begins. I guess in Tom's world color is more important than character. Joe Biden said that he was only going to appoint a black female to the SCOTUS, is that not racist?

    Tom relates the horrors being committed in Ukraine at Putin's command, the horrors committed by Stalin, and tourette's like he has to drag Trump into the story. What the hel does Trump have to do with any of that? Who is President Biden or Trump? Did Putin invade Ukraine while Trump was in office? No, he did it while Biden was Commander-in-chief.

    "one is left wondering just what it is exactly he(Trump) thinks we could use at our southern border". Probably thinking about how Biden has skrewed up that situation.

    Wednesday, April 13 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    The U.S. looks and feels a lot more like a truly democratic nation with Biden having replaced Trump as President. And thank God Trump couldn’t sell the country on some grand parade of military power—over which he could stand grandly in the reviewing stand and somehow take credit for it all (despite bone spurs when the chips were down in earlier times).

    I’m not dragging Trump anywhere. He’s dragging himself through the muck all by himself. And no, I don’t think he (Trump) is qualified to define womanhood. Nor should he decide when life begins—or ends (think Covid, think Ukraine).

    Unfortunately, the Presidential off-year elections traditionally go to the “out” party, so it won’t be much of a condemnation of Biden if his party loses in November. Especially with all the GOP gerrymandering and other shenanigans going on at red-state levels. (TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) April 14 — A Black congressman’s district would be dismantled under a map Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis submitted to state lawmakers Wednesday ahead of a special session that was called after the governor vetoed maps sent to him by the GOP-dominated legislature.)

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    April 14—“A federal judge in D.C. on Thursday delivered a scathing rebuke of former President Donald Trump and expressed dismay over the state of American politics just moments after a jury found a defendant charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot guilty on all charges.

    “ ‘You know, I think our democracy is in trouble,’ Judge Reggie Walton said at the conclusion of the third jury trial for a defendant charged in the Capitol assault. ‘Because unfortunately, we have charlatans like our former president, who doesn't in my view really care about democracy, but only about power. And as a result of that, it's tearing this country apart’.” Walton, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, is one of the most senior judges on the D.C. court.

    Thursday, April 14 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "The U.S. looks and feels a lot more like a truly democratic nation with Biden having replaced Trump as President.".....Really?

    It's been said that freedom of speech and a free press, preferably an unbiased free, and honest press/media, is essential for a free people. For four years the press, you included, promulgated lies, distortions, and half-truths, and their biased opinion about Trump, and as we see you are continuing. Add to that two unsuccessful attempts to impeach Trump, and almost two years of Mueller's investigation which cost US around 32 million dollars all designed to get Trump out of office, and they succeeded, not in the courts but in the election. When the media promulgates lies that's propaganda not journalism. You might find this useful. https://oxfordre.com/communication/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228613-e-864

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    " I don’t think he (Trump) is qualified to define womanhood". Here's a simple litmus test for you Tom.

    Lia Thomas, man or woman?

    Caitlyn Jenner, man or woman?

    Friday, April 15 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Really.

    Trump's an unqualified ****hard and you are using his style when you blithely accuse a Free Press of "lies, distortions, and half-truths" without detail. He freely forgets what he says from one day to the next, never has done things that should be praised as "manly," never won anything by a majority of the vote—and cheats at golf (to which he appears to spend more time than to foreign relations).

    Friday, April 15 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Migawd!'there's that **** censorship again! Where it cane out ****hard, the **** originally was blo (followed by "w"). I'm almost surprised the letters in

    "hard" weren't edited as ****.

    Friday, April 15 Report this

  • MargeS

    Donald Trump has not declared his candidacy for president in 2024. He has raised a tremendous amount of money. He is being coy about whether he runs or not because rules are different if you are not a candidate or if you are. So far he has given very little to the candidates he has endorsed, or the the Republican party. So where is the money going? If he follows his usually path, the money will be spent on himself. His last fund raiser at Mar A Lago cost you $24,200 to have a picture taken with him, admission was from $3,000 to $250,000 for couples. The money went to Trumps Super-pac, not the candidates.

    Friday, April 15 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom, the WaPo, NYT pushed the false story about Trump and Russian collusion for over a year, is that not true?

    The Biased MSM pushed the false narrative that Trump condoned white supremacists at the Charlottesville riots when in fact he never said that, in fact, he said the opposite.

    The biased MSM called Trump an anti-Muslim racist when he imposed the same restrictions on them that Obama did.

    The biased MSM called Trump a racist when he said that there were some bad people illegally crossing over our southern border. Do I need to provide you with a list of illegals in this country that have committed serious crimes in our country?

    .....

    I see that you like M.Jackson are also unable or unwilling to answer two simple questions, questions that are possibly going to come before the SCOTUS sometime during her term in office. Don't you think that as M. Jacksons' employer, through our Representatives, we have a right to know her views on these issues? None of the Democrats and a few Republicans think we need to know.

    "The U.S. looks and feels a lot more like a truly democratic nation with Biden"

    Really?

    Friday, April 15 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    M.S.

    "So where is the money going?"

    You tell me. What was the arrangement made between Trump and those candidates, or the RNC? Did he give what was agreed to? You tell me.

    Friday, April 15 Report this

  • MargeS

    The RNC agreed to pay $1.6 million towards Donald Trump's legal fees, several reports said. Yes I know this is legal.

    They relate to investigations by NY prosecutors into Trump's businesses, not his time in office.

    The RNC is sticking by Trump, financially and politically, despite multiple scandals.

    Trump is a bonanza fund raiser for the RNC and they have become the party of Trump.

    Never mind that he raked in millions of dollars renting out various venues while he was president.

    "there were good people on both sides," what he was saying was it's o.k. to be a white supremacist, I know you have good people,

    "General Lee was a great general" He was also a traitor to his country.

    Saturday, April 16 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "there were good people on both sides," what he was saying was it's o.k. to be a white supremacist, I know you have good people,".....Fact is that he never said "was it's o.k. to be a white supremacist" but I guess if you wear those hate colored glasses long enough you can interpret anything any way you want.

    Saturday, April 16 Report this

  • MargeS

    You want to do some research on Trump and Charlottesville, he did say "there were good people on both sides" meaning he thought White Supremacists had some good people. So you agree with trump it's o.k. to support white nationalists?

    [definition, Merriam Webster Dictionary: one of a group of militant white people who espouse white supremacy (see white supremacy sense 1) and advocate enforced racial segregation.

    What the Republicans are doing now is exactly what is happening to you JIH. Blame the haters, so no one will listen to them. Oh their just haters. Get your head out of the sand, your being played, like a lot of Americans. It's the old shell game, a sucker born every minute. “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Credited to Abraham Lincoln, but no definitive proof.

    Saturday, April 16 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    This is what the haters do, they take words and apply their own interpretations to them. I agree that he said "there were good people on both sides", where we differ is that I take the words verbatim while you add your biased interpretation of those words to conform to your prejudiced opinion. "So you agree with trump it's o.k. to support white nationalists? ", no I don't.

    "What the Republicans are doing now is exactly what is happening to you JIH. Blame the haters, so no one will listen to them. ".....You mean like when I point out that biased media, obvious Trump haters, promulgated a false story about Trump for over a year coming up to the 2020 election. Or when I point out that your claim that Trump said "it's o.k. to be a white supremacist" is false? Speaking the truth is not "blaming".

    Sunday, April 17 Report this

  • MargeS

    23% of Trumps Super Pac money collected went to Mar A Lago for his lavish event in February.

    In 1985, Mar-a-Lago was purchased by Donald J. Trump for around $10 million. He used the mansion as a residence for eight years, before converting it into the Mar-a-Lago Club. His family maintains private quarters in a separate, closed-off area of the house and grounds. wiki

    Let's have a big party at my house and it will only cost you [fill in the blank]

    Trump is nothing more than a has been Reality Show loser. The fact that you still defend him is amazing. Is that the kind of person you admire?

    Sunday, April 17 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Yes, Trump owns Mar A Lago, so what? He can use it any way he wants to, as long as he doesn't break any laws. The fact that you haters are still fixated on Trump is amazing, I'll stop defending him when you haters stop lying about him.

    Monday, April 18 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    "I'll stop defending him [Trump] when you haters stop lying about him." That offhand generalization is found in one form or another in blog comments heard year after year from someone identifying him/herself as "Justin Hale."

    "Trump sits around cursing the Free Press that has been totally eliminated in Russia but still exists in the U.S." is more typical of my own view and is the one with which I concluded this current blog.

    And a Free Press continues to headline Trump lies chapter and verse. It also pointed out how Donald praised Vladimir as a fine fellow a day or two before the murdering Russian dictator invaded the Ukraine with the beginning of his prolonged series of war crimes.

    I haven't looked up the exact date—but this fall's first-time voters must have been about 4 years old back in 2008 when Obama first ran for office and Trump was insisting that he was born in Africa rather than the State of Hawaii. Thank goodness we still have a Free Press to pass along the Truth.

    Monday, April 18 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Putin/Russia clamped down on their media because they were telling the truth, Trump curses the biased MSM because they promulgate lies, distortions, half-truths, and opinions passed off as news, when the press does that it's not journalism it's propaganda. On that topic, can you cite where Trump praised Putin as a "fine fellow"? I've read the stories about how he said Putin was a "smart fellow, politically savvy". Was that a stupid, un-politic thing to say? Yes! but I've never seen where Trump said he was a "fine fellow".

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    I hope, especially these days, that any first-time voter when deciding who to vote for will do their own research and not trust that the MSM always tells the truth. "Thank goodness we still have a Free Press to pass along the Truth." Is that what the NYT and WaPo and other biased Media did regarding the false Trump/Russia collusion stories that they promulgated for more than a year? How many first-time voters were swayed by that made-up story?

    Monday, April 18 Report this

  • MargeS

    At least most people don't believe the Trump bull or he would be president now. JIH can say what he wants about haters but it seems he "doth protest too much!" Or Truth will out! [meaning: no matter what one does to cover something up, the truth will eventually come out]. I do believe the truth about Trump is pretty obvious to most people who have some sense.

    Monday, April 18 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "most people don't believe the Trump bull or he would be president now".....Hillary and the DNC made up the entire story about Trump and Russia collusion, are you going to tell us that that had no effect on a lot of voters, why else would Hillary and the DNC do it? in spite of that Trump beat Hillary.

    "no matter what one does to cover something up, the truth will eventually come out". Unfortunately, sometimes the truth doesn't come out until after the damage of the lie is done.

    "the truth about Trump is pretty obvious to most people who have some sense."..... How long did you believe that false story that WaPo, NYT, and other biased media were pushing? Sadly too many people are more interested in having their biases confirmed than searching out the truth.

    Tuesday, April 19 Report this

  • MargeS

    You looking for a job as PR man for Trump? Go sell your lies somewhere else.

    Tuesday, April 19 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Marge's definition of a "lie", is anything that doesn't agree with her.

    I think it's pretty obvious to most people who have some sense, who reads these comments which of us is the liar.

    Wednesday, April 20 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Oh, for crying out loud, Justin! I didn't put quotation marks around when I summarized Trump's praise of Putin a day or so before' the invasion of Ukraine. Get real!

    Wednesday, April 20 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom wrote, "a Free Press continues to headline Trump lies chapter and verse. It also pointed out how Donald praised Vladimir as a fine fellow a day or two before the murdering Russian dictator invaded".....Right Tom, you didn't put quotation marks because Trump never said it, how could the media point out something that never happened?

    Marge plays the same game when she misinterprets Trumps' words.

    "he did say "there were good people on both sides" meaning he thought White Supremacists had some good people"

    Thursday, April 21 Report this