In the New York Daily News, blogger, Rogue Academic, refuted Spike Lee’s comment comparing slavery to the holocaust, saying that “The goal of the holocaust was death and destruction; the goal of American slavery was tobacco, indigo, rice, and cotton."
Rogue is correct. The purpose of slavery was to keep the slave healthy and working. The purpose of the Holocaust was to kill the Jews. The Nazi camps had slaves too but they generally died from starvation.
In the history of the south only about 2000 blacks were hung. In Germany six million Jews were executed. The figures don’t compute. The difference is vast. The numbers turn quantative into qualitative. The holocaust was genocide. The forced labor of Africans was cruel business as unusual. The holocaust was a whole different kettle of fish than American slavery.
Spike Lee doesn’t understand millions of deaths. He diminishes them. He twists reality to his own devices. His imagination can’t stretch beyond the blacks.
Furthermore, the slaves killed in America were slaves imported from Africa. The people murdered in the concentration camps were civilized educated people. Are ignorant people less important than urban, sophisticated folk? Perhaps.
Spike can’t even follow logic. He says, "Like Slaves Didn't Die? What Kind Of Academic Are You? And George Washington Didn't Own Slaves Too?" A few slaves dying bear no resemblance to Nazi Germany. The SS killed more than that before breakfast. And George Washington’s owning slaves bore no relationship to crematoriums. Spike is short in stature and short in logic. The only thing big about him is his ego and his seats at the Knicks games. My mother used to call my dad, who is short, an angry little man. The same could be said about Spike.
Although Lee is a bigoted man who gives Jews no credit for their disasters, I have to give him credit for saying that “Quentin is infatuated with that word (niger)." He is. The lanky dork thinks that he is cool when he awkwardly imitates a black man.
"What does he want to be made, an honorary black man?" Spike asked. "I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word (n*****) is trendy or slick."
Nor is Tarantino trendy. If I were a black man I would tell him to stop playing in my sand box. I would tell him that if he’s not cool enough to be white he’s not cool enough to be black.
Basically, the argument on racism is between two unattractive creeps—Tarantino and Spike Lee. I’m sure when they were young no girl would want to take them home to their mother for dinner. They should stick to the attractiveness of their cinematography and steer away from their moronic philosophical and political views.
Here is the Rain Mountain link. http://rainmountainpress.com/books20.htmla for David Lawrence’s “The King of White-Collar Boxing”