Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Pooblick Skooll Eddicayshun
My brother from another mother currently serving in the Sandbox sends us this little gem.
I am going to assume that it refers to the upcoming Olympiad to be held in China. The picture was probably taken during some kind of Get The Hell Out Of Tibet rally.
One can further assume that the person who made the sign not only has no clue about history, but said person also can't be bothered to fact-check his/her assertion using Google -- or a sodding library.
Allow me to gift you with a hint, you complete and total tit: when your sign is either a) monumentally incorrect; or b) a complete lie -- and those people who actually know better are going to disregard anything you have to say from that point on. If you can't get your basic facts straight, your conclusions are going to be equally sloppy.
Yes, the Games of the XI Olympiad were held in Berlin in the summer of 1936. Adolf Hitler officially opened the Games, and Joseph Goebbels actively used them to promote and further National Socialism.
And what -- I feel -- is worse, is that by actively turning a blind eye to history, you not only come across as a ignoramus, but you are robbing yourself of the rich experience of History itself.
By remaining ignorant of History, the person who made that sign has no clue about the triumphs of Jesse Owens and Cornelius Johnson -- both Africa-American athletes who defeated Hitler's "superior Aryan athletes" fairly and squarely in front of witnesses for gold medals.
The person who made that sign has chosen to remain blind to the courage and sportsmanship of Lutz Long -- the German star athlete who not only gave Jesse Owens the advice which allowed Owens to beat Lutz in the long-jump, but was the first to congratulate the African-American athlete after his win and walked arm-in-arm with him back to the locker room.
I feel pity for you, Mr. Sign Maker, in your self-imposed, child-like ignorance.
However, like any other child, I also feel that you should be gently scooted over to the kiddie table and ignored until such time as you can educate yourself enough to prove that you can be taken seriously in the company of adults.