Allow me to state for the record that the Holocaust was terrible. It was real. It was the embodiment of human evil, and I weep every time I consider the unimaginable things those poor people must have endured. It horrifies me to consider the depths that people can sink to, and I feel exalted to think of the miraculous endurance and persistence of those who were able to survive it and make lives for themselves afterward. And in no way does its existence lead me to forget that such hateful genocide and persecution has happened before, and since, and I am utterly against the mindset that can so dehumanize *any* individual that a person feels free to perform such acts upon them.
So you cannot imagine how I felt when I came across this petition: www.petitiononline.com/mod_per… started it, apparently (jisuk.deviantart.com/journal/8…), in response to all the anti-Holocaust stuff, racist art, and things that he's seen posted here on DeviantArt.
No, I bet you really can't imagine my reaction, which was, "I'm not signing that!" I was disgusted.
You're probably outraged now, and justly so. But before you leave my page and never return again, do me the favor of listening to my reasoning.
I am offended and repulsed by the thought processes of such people (not the petition signers, but the people it's meant to shut up). Silencing them doesn't change their opinion. If they still believe the Holocaust didn't happen, or that the Jews (or gays, or Catholics, or gypsies) deserved what was coming to them, then what does it matter whether they SAY so or not? They'll still do all the harm they would have done anyway. They'll go out there into the world and act exactly the same as they would have before you gagged them.
If you can't change what they believe, then by God have the fortitude to listen to them and understand that such hatred is out there. It's the only way you can do anything about it. Has anyone considered the irony of instituting this policy on an ART SITE? Artists, of all the people on the planet, should understand this. Artists and writers are the ones with the power to show the truth, to counteract this hateful, bigoted speech. Silencing them does nothing, except set a precedent for YOU to be silenced. It's not winning an argument if the other person simply stops arguing. If you despise what they're saying, then speak up yourself!
Edit the first: I posted this to my LJ, and it's seen some absolutely fascinating conversation about the issue: prettyarbitrary.livejournal.co…
Edit the second: If you happen to meet someone who *doesn't* believe in the Holocaust, here is an excellent website resource: www.holocaust-history.org/&nbs… Holocaust History Project
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