It’s become popular for some people to call anyone they disagree a Nazi. The problem is, a Nazi is a real thing. Nazis existed in Germany from 1933 to 1945. They killed millions of people and caused the world’s last major world war.
Nazis, real Nazis, don’t exist today because millions of people got together and fought them on the battlefields of western and eastern Europe. Soldiers, sailors, and airman from the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and other countries fought and killed real Nazis. A good many of them gave their lives making sure Nazis didn’t triumph
Today, we live in a world free of Nazis. How do we show thanks to the veterans who defeated the Nazis? Some people call anyone whose opinions they don’t agree with Nazis.
It’s like World War Two never happened
Even when Nazis existed, not every racist, even if they were white, was a Nazi. The problem is, the word racist has been bandied about so casually for so long, it lost its power. Calling someone a racist isn’t good enough anymore.
Some people on Twitter have taken advantage of Twitter’s new character limit to virtue signal against the social media giant. They want Twitter to ban all of the Nazis. Wil Wheaton is one of those people. He changed his name from Wil Wheaton to Wil ‘stop enabling the Nazis’ Wheaton.
It’s 2017. Not only does Wil Wheaton believe Nazis are still a thing, he thinks Twitter is enabling them.
Eradicating Nazism from planet Earth is one of the greatest accomplishments our country’s veterans ever accomplished. People like Wil Wheaton are completely tone-deaf to this fact this Veterans Day weekend. In their world, not only do Nazis still exist, Twitter is enabling them.
They would want you to believe Nazis are goosestepping all over Twitter.
The funny thing is if it were up to people like Wil Wheaton to defeat Nazi Germany during World War Two, the entire world would be speaking German right now.
It started when a protester punched white separatist Richard Spencer in the face. Some misguided folks described it as punching a Nazi in the face.
Social justice Warriors (SJWs), people on the control-left, got a kick out of this video. Too many of them defended the violent act, justifying it because Richard Spenser is a Nazi. That’s it’s okay to punch someone in the face if they’re a Nazi.
Richard Spenser is not a Nazi. He is not a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. That organization was pulverized and cast into the trash heap of history long before Spenser was ever born. Richard Spenser is an attention whore with a bad haircut. He enjoys expressing outrageous, racist opinions to get attention.
Nazis were real people. They waged war in Europe from 1939 to 1945. They exterminated over six million Jews. Nazis were responsible for the death and misery of real people. When you compare asshats like Richard Spenser to the Nazis, you’re dishonoring Nazi victims. You should never compare anyone to a Nazi other than an actual Nazi and the words you use should always be in the past tense.
Just because you don’t like someone for their political views, doesn’t mean you get to label them a Nazi. Pick another word to use. That that one is already taken, probably long before you were born.
If you want to punch a Nazi in the face, You’re too late. They’re all gone. If you want to be a puncher of Nazis, you should have been born in the 1920s. You then would have been able to join the U.S. Army, climb in a Higgens boat, and hit the beaches of Normandy, France. If you could get past all the artillery fire, the machine gun nests, and the torn bodies of your friends, you could then punch all the Nazis you wanted.
You’d probably want to shoot them because they would be trying to shoot you. After all, it’s World War Two, they’re Nazis, and you are not 12-years-old.
Unless you’re able to change time and space, you can’t punch a Nazi in the face. Hey, that rhymes. You could punch someone like Richard Spenser in the face, but that’s not the same thing as punching a Nazi. Don’t pretend for a second that he’s a real Nazi and that you’re a Nazi puncher. At most, he’s a cosplay Nazi, albeit not a very good one.
Richard Spenser is no more a real Nazi than the middle-aged guy at Comic-Con dressed like Wonder Woman costume is really an Amazon princess with superhuman strength. He’s not Wonder Woman. He’s just a guy dressed up like Wonder Woman.
A person can espouse racist views and call for a separation of people based on the color of their skin. In other words, they can be Richard Spenser. That doesn’t make them a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
I was surprised at the level of response I got from yesterday’s post about Walmart selling t-shirts with the Nazi SS Death’s Head logo on them. I knew some blogs got over 55,000 visits in a single day. I just never thought this blog would ever be one of them.
If I have learned anything over the last 24 hours its that people love a story involving Walmart and Nazis. Go figure.
I was contacted yesterday by someone from a PR firm that represents Wal-Mart:
Good morning. My name is Marshall Manson. I work for Edelman doing online public affairs for Wal-Mart. I noticed your post about the t-shirts that Wal-Mart is selling. I wanted to make sure you saw the company’s statement about this and knew that Wal-Mart is now removing the t-shirts from its stores. Obviously, with a company as big as Wal-Mart, that may take a day or two.
The statement is just below. If you would like to discuss anything, feel free to respond to this e-mail.
Statement from Wal-Mart:
We were not aware of the origins of the image until this morning when we learned about it through the blog Bent Corner.
We are deeply sorry that this happened, and we are in the process of pulling all of these t-shirts from our stores.
Respect for the individual is a core value of our company and we would never have placed this t-shirt on our shelves had we known the origin and significance of this emblem.
We are reviewing our product review process in an effort to ensure this never happens again.
If you would like a copy of the above correspondence sent directly to you by Marshall Manson, simply post something on a blog about Nazi’s and Walmart and wait about 30 minutes. I doubt it will take even that long. The very same email sent to me was sent to just about every other blog that posted something about this. Word for word.
The New York Times published an article about Walmart and bloggers. In it they mention Marshall Manson quite frequently. It’s an interesting read.
Marshall Manson asked me if I would post an update to my original post about Walmart and the Nazi shirts. Something about how quickly they responded to the problem once they realized they were selling Nazi swag. I would have no problem doing that, if I felt they had indeed acted upon the information that they were selling Nazi clothing.
The problem is that they haven’t yet done anything about the Nazi shirts.
Yesterday afternoon I stopped at a Walmart on my way home for work and found a stack of the same shirts still for sale in the men’s department. My wife also stopped at a different Walmart on her way home from work yesterday. She too found a stack of these Nazi shirts still for sale.
In my opinion, quickly taking care of a problem involves actually taking care of the problem.
Instead of having someone from a PR firm contact bloggers, Walmart should have concentrated on simply removing the shirts from their stores. They could have worried about contacting bloggers after their stores were free of Nazi clothing.
Marshall Manson claimed that because of the size of Walmart, removing the shirts from all the stores might take a day or two. I don’t think so. Walmart could have removed these shirts from every store in a matter of minutes if they actually wanted to. Would they be this lethargically slow if they found out they were selling child porn?
I don’t think so.
I’m more than a little ticked off that because of my post, white supremacists and neo-Nazis are now goose stepping to Walmart to buy these shirts. For example, over at the Resistance Records official website, members of the forum linked to my post and wrote about going to Walmart to buy these shirts. Resistance Records produces white supremacist and neo-Nazi music. It is the same record company behind Prussian Blue, the Nazi version of the Olsen twins.
One member of that forum even posted a photo of herself wearing the shirt she bought at Walmart. The shirt she didn’t even know existed until I posted about it on my blog.
I wish Walmart had acted more responsibly and taken care of this situation as soon as it was brought to their attention. Instead they worried more about trying to control the blogosphere then stopping teenage wannabe Nazis from buying Nazi SS shirts in their stores.
The reality is these shirts are so ugly, I doubt anyone was even buying them. Until wannabe Nazis learned about them on my blog.
I stopped at Walmart today after work. I had to pick up a few things. As I was walking past the men’s clothing area, something caught my eye. I noticed something weird over at a wall of t-shirts. One of the t-shirts had a design on it that looked remarkably like something related to Nazis. Specifically, the Totenkopf or “Death’s Head.”
I took a picture of it with my camera phone:
The Death’s Head symbol was worn by the members of the German Nazi SS. The Totenkopf on the Walmart t-shirt looks very similar to the divisional insignia of the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf. As you can see, It’s almost an exact copy:
Neo-Nazis love the Totenkopf
Neo-Nazis sometimes use the Totenkopf image because it is not as easily identifiable as other Nazi symbols such as the swastika. You might see one of these tattooed on someone’s arm while standing in line at Burger King and think it’s just a poorly done pirate skull.
Is Walmart purposely trying to sell clothing with Nazi symbols on it? I doubt it. They won’t even sell CDs with bad words on them. I doubt someone at Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas decided to sell clothing with Nazi symbols on it.
Whoever designed this shirt had to know the origin of the skull.