Anne (netmouse) wrote,
Anne
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RIP Officer Stephen T. Johns

A hardcore anti-semitic gunman entered The U.S. Holocaust Museum yesterday with a long rifle and opened fire, fatally wounding a security officer before he himself was gunned down. The gunman is in critical condition. Neighbors noted that the gunman did not believe the holocaust ever happened. He had written an anti-Semitic treatise, "Kill the Best Gentiles," in which he decried "the browning of America" and claimed to expose a Jewish conspiracy "to destroy the White gene-pool." He had been imprisoned in the 80s for previous violent intentions, and has been tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center since the 1970s as someone with "an extremely long history with neo-Nazis and white supremacists," according to Heidi Beirich, the SPRC's research director.


The security guard, Stephen T. Johns, had worked at the museum for 6 years. He was black. As museum director Sara Bloomfield said, he "died heroically in the line of duty." My heart goes out to his family.


I am a founding member of The U.S. Holocaust Museum. An incident like this only strengthens my conviction that people must remember the Holocaust. People who deny that it happened are not just a little nutty. They are the type of people who are violently opposed to the human rights and freedom of all people, especially the 83% of the people on this planet who are not white. They would deny the humanity of non-whites. I would deny them their denial.

If you can, please support the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and crimes across the country and promotes tolerance education. And please support the U.S. Holocaust Museum, which has traveling exhibits as well as a very powerful collection of photos, journals, film, and memorabilia. The fight against genocide is on-going, and this is represented there, as well as the fact that the holocaust targeted gypsies, gays, and the disabled in addition to jews.

President Obama said it well:
"This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world."



And FWIW I fully support "the browning of America." And I'm not Jewish at all.
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