Book: The Boy who Followed his Father into Auschwitz

The Boy who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield. A great book to read. Make you feel like why couldn’t society do more to help the Jews and do more to stop these atrocity from happening. I couldn’t help think that this might be one of those book that teachers will have students reading and doing analysis between this book and Anne Frank. Living in the same world and having different experiences. Diving into the human sprit and the will to survive. Well I don’t want to give to much away, but if you looking for a book to read, this one will not disappointment.

 

Book:The Tango Wars

The Tango War by Mary Jo McConahay.  If you are history buff or someone who has an interest in World War II this book is one you want to read.  If you are interested in Latin America history this book is also for you.  The Tango War is about Latin America and World War II.  Probably the history that was never taught in your history class. The importance of Latin America and the role it played in World War II.

I myself never thought that Latin America had a huge importance in World War II except for the Panama Canal. Even before World War II and right after World War I many countries sought to strategically place their present in Latin America for its resources and the opportunities it presented.  Resources need for their the military and for the war. The United States and the Allies were aware of this. Aware that the United State used everything in their power to win the heart and minds of the Latin American people.

If there one thing that caught my eye from reading this book was the treatment of Jews and ethic Japanese. The treatment they were received from Latin America and being turn away.  Latin America Governments and people mistreating and sending people back to Germany.  Turning in Japanese people at the request of the United States government and then being sent to camps in the United States. Then those responsible for the death of so many people in Nazi concentration camps, able to escape to Latin America.

Just my opinion

When I saw and heard about what happened in Charlottesville, I asked myself, is this how Americans suppose to act.  Have we become wild animals, no longer have the capacity to have a peaceful dialog, a civil debate.

I wish people would take the time and think about what going on.  Take the time to step back and see the whole picture. Not just race, slavery, but history. These confederate statues that people are demanding to be remove because they view them as icons of racism, slavery, a sign of hate.

Here my home town there a confederate monument statues in a downtown park that people are now protesting to be removed.  This monument has been there as long as I can remember.  Like many other monuments in other cities and towns, people of all color pass by, sitting at the park, waiting at the bus stop, but no one ever said a word.  The monument even has engrave in it “Our confederate dead”.  Why now to remove them?

Removing this statues, is it going to improve your life?  Is it going to end racism or solve the problem in our society that deal with race. Will relations with police officer and the black community be better? These statues are a reminder of our history as a nation. It might not have been the best time in our nation history, but we can’t forget it, nor can it be change.  We can’t go about erasing our nation’s history that we don’t agree with or a group of people are unhappy with. If you erase our history, we our bound to repeat it again.

Our country was founded during a time period of slavery and racism.  In today context, slavery, racism and hate are wrong. They shouldn’t be allowed exist in today world, but it wrong to use that context and judge those that lived in a different time period. A period where life was different. If these statue are removed what next? Declaration of independence? Our national anthem, written by a slavery owner, but also a lawyer who help slaves.  Where will it end?

3rd Book: What so Proud We Hailed

For my third book of the New Year 2017, I decided to change it up a little and read about an important person in our nation history. The book called, What so Proud We Hailed by Marc Leepson.   A biography about the life of Francis Scott Key.  Key is the founder who wrote our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner.  He wrote the song from his observation during the battle at Fort McHenry or known as the Battle of Baltimore.

I wanted to read a book about Francis Scott Key from recent event in 2016 the dealt with our national anthem.  Pro athletes deciding to knee during the national anthem, people calling it racist and that Key was a racist himself because he came from a family who owned slaved and owned a few himself.

There a lot of history discuss in this book.  What I got out of it personally was the Francis Scott Key wasn’t a racist. Yes, he was born in a family that had slave, he marry his wife whose family owned large plantation fields and owned many slaves.  Keys owned only a few himself, but from the historical context, that how life was.  It was the norm for that time, where today we know its wrong.  Key represented many black slaves in court who were legally free, but wrongfully taken across states line to states where slavery was legal.  Francis Scott Key did a lot for slaves whether you agree with it or not.  At the same time he also prosecute slaves accordingly to the law.

There a lot more that you can judge the man’s character from, but you can’t deny that he did a lot for slaves and had an important role in the early years of the United States.

National Anthem

I was born and raised in the United States.  I grew up during the age before the social media and the internet took over the world.  Growing up, it was a normal thing to stand up and say the pledge of allegiance in school and to stand during the National Anthem.  It was just a normal thing, just like you brushing your teeth every morning.

The past few days and weeks we have heard about NFL players not wanting to stand during the National Anthem.  During a NFL game on the 15th anniversary of September 11, players knee during the national anthem, awhile other raised their fist high in the air.  Why?  This is their way of protesting the injustices in this country.  There are many racial issues that need to be address by our society. I totally agree with that and I agree that they have the right to exercise their right to protest and freedom of speech.  I do believe that they are disrespecting the men and women who fought for this country for them to have those freedom and liberties.  In my opinion it show that they don’t appreciate the freedom that they have.  The freedom to play for a pro-NFL team and make million of dollars. The freedoms that we all enjoy living in this country.  It not a perfect country and our laws are not perfect. Their actions are not harming anyone, but I believe that they are having a negative effect on the younger generation.

The Younger generation with the help of social media are now seeing what these NFL players are doing and think it okay, it cool.  Some are now following their actions, not standing during the national anthem and some deciding not to say the pledge of allegiance in school. What really upsetting about all this is the reasons why they are doing it.  Beside protesting the injustices they are also doing it because national anthem is racist because it was written by a slave owner.  I believe the most student don’t really know the history of our flag, national anthem and Francis Scott Key.  Comparing the context of today world to that of the world when our National Anthem was written.   A time when it was a norm for people to own slaves. Of course in today world we know it wrong, but back then that was just the way life was.  I would not be surprise during that time slaves were being using in other parts of the world.

Am no historian or expert on our national anthem, but if you do some research Francis Scott Key was a lawyer and a writter.  He was dispatch to negotiate the release of a prisoner being held by the British fleet on a ship out in sea.  During this time the British was planning an assault from sea on Fort McHenry.  Awhile, Scott Key was on board on one of the British ship, they refuse to let him return to the mainland until the British fleet bombardment of Fort McHenry was complete. It was not until morning when the hazed cleared that he along with rest of the British fleet were able to see the United States flag waving in the air from Fort McHenry.  It was this event that Francis Scott Key observation that he wrote what would be our National Anthem.

Some of us probably never heard and read the whole national anthem that Francis Scott Key wrote. There one line that all of sudden now people are attacking and calling the national anthem racist.  Here the line:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

Now I don’t know how people can all of sudden say that racist, because he used the word slave. None of us lived during that time, so how do you know that the word “slave” he referring to black people?  Slave could have a different meaning. Again it was a different time period and it wrong to compare it to the context of today world. But then there are people who are looking for a scapegoat to justify their racial agenda. If you want to change don’t cry for it or demand that we remove important historical events, symbols from our history that merge with the period of slavery. You want change, be part of the change, hold yourself to the same standards that you demand others to change.