We can thank the Dutch for religious tolerance. They were the first. Before New York was New York it was New Amsterdam and we know what that means. “The Dutch.” Now mind you, America’s early Dutch were severe in their religious beliefs. What religion wasn’t severe back in the late 1600’s? But thank you Holland for being the first European country to practice religious tolerance.
Holland’s openness to all forms of religion continues to this day but make no mistake, there never was nor ever will be an absolute or unanimous way of thinking. During the Rembrandt-era, Holland’s Jews were impacted by the anti-Semitism of out-spoken Christian religious leaders. There was even strife between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. And recently, there has been an uptick in political movements that have less tolerance for immigrants and the religious diversity that they bring. In spite of this, tolerance is the norm in Holland.
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We really should not take lightly, the rhetoric thrown around the political arena these days. It wasn’t that long ago, in 1935, when Hitler signed the Nuremberg Laws that forbid sexual relations between Jews and non-Jews. And there were a lot of people who actually thought it was a good idea. You’d be surprised (or maybe not) what happens to our minds when we attend large rallies and get all worked up. The Nuremberg Laws, that also removed Jews from many rights of citizenship, were part of the German Public Health system that Germans put their hard-earned tax dollars into. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that another Nazi public health practice, sterilization, was copied from the good ‘ol United States of America. Back then, which was not that long ago, there were plenty of people who thought sterilization of incarcerated women, particularly of color, was a good idea. There are a lot of good ideas that will make this world a better place but hate… is not one of them.
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Militant forms of racial hygiene had been brewing since the 1920’s and continued to grow as the National Socialist Party emerged with Adolph Hitler as their leader. The Nazis took it to the extreme but they weren’t the only ones. When Darwinists in Germany began setting up racial hygiene programs, and looking for comparisons, they looked to America.
In Colonial America’s French Louisiana, it was stated in the laws pertaining to slaves and their masters, “We forbid our white subjects, of both sexes, to marry with the blacks, under the penalty of being fined and subjected to some other arbitrary punishment.” And it was a long time before it became legal for blacks and whites to marry. Add to that, in America’s southern states there was a one drop rule, referring to blood, meaning that even one drop of black blood made someone black, period. This strict definition and the persecution and oppression that came with it was considered by Third Reich doctors when they set up Germany’s racial hygiene programs. German laws were such that if a citizen was one-eighth Jewish, they were eligible to marry a full-blooded German. When Third Reich doctors studied American laws regarding marriage between blacks and whites and subsequently created Germany’s racial hygiene laws, Nazi doctors thought Americans were the ones who were strict. And they studied carefully the sterilization of black women in America’s prisons.
Originally, the German racial hygiene movement, in the late 1800’s, was not as malicious as that of the Nazi era. Believe it or not, when their racial charts were set up, Jews were not excluded from the German ideal but were included in their definition of a superior race. Let’s hope the world grows to understand that a man who has a weakness in one area probably has greater qualities in another. Suellen Ocean is the author of the novel Chimney Fire. Available here:
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