Historical comparisons to Jim Crow Era or Nazi Germany are foolish

knee-jerk historical comparisons only serve to trivialize historical realities and distort the truth.

By ELIYAHU FEDERMAN
August 11, 2013 15:04
2 minute read.
THE FUEHRER and his front-man: Hitler and Goering on March 16, 1938.

hitler and goering 370. (photo credit: Jerusalem Post Archives)

 
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Last weekend Congressman Charles Rangel compared the Tea Party to Jim Crow era white segregationists of the '50s. "It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," he remarked of the Tea Party.

Historical comparisons are almost never accurate. Present day circumstances are almost never identical to history, despite the cliché that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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