The scenes from the immigrant detention centers were horrifying. People crammed into asphyxiating holding areas without adequate food, water or sanitary facilities. But when Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared these facilities with the Nazi concentration camps, that comparison spawned a huge backlash.
The media was full of denunciations of Ocasio-Cortez by alleged children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.
During my time in West
No matter where you stand is on the issue of immigration, you would have to be very
But the coordinated attack on Ocasio-Cortez claiming she denigrated those who died in the Holocaust seemed to purposely distract from the outrage of the scenes on our borders and paint AOC as disrespectful and ignorant of history. These accusations are a horrific perversion of the lessons we should have learned from the Holocaust.
While Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison may not have been historically accurate, she was right to invoke the imagery of the Holocaust. The conditions of the immigrant detention centers are de-humanizing and that was what the Holocaust was all about: the de-humanization of Jews, gays, lesbians, Roma people and anyone else who invoked “otherness”.
As a gay
What I am drawing from this controversy is the need for our community to reclaim the pink triangle.
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision validating
Sure there were pockets of resistance, but the arc of history was bent in our favor and our equality seemed inevitable. But with the Trump Administration’s undermining of our civil rights and engaging in an out right assault on the legal rights of transgender people and a corresponding spike in violence against the gender non-conforming, we have to respond the call for a return to militancy.
The pink triangle was
While the rainbow flag is meant to be a symbol of inclusion it is also relatively harmless and has been incorporated as a marketing tool by
As we are being forced back to the barricades we need a symbol that represents our power and our determination. The pink triangle is part of our history, a symbol that was meant to denigrate but was transformed into a symbol of power and defiance. It represents our determination to survive and indeed thrive in times of adversity and in the face danger. Our battles are not over and we need a symbol that reflects our unflinching commitment to ensuring our place and our role in the fabric of our country. The pink triangle tells the world we will not be victims. It also reminds us that we as a community have an obligation to hold our government to a higher moral standard and we must be ready to stand in solidarity with the oppressed particularly those victimized within our borders. Never again.