There is an on-going debate about whether or not slavery can match the Nazi holocaust, as measured by the impact that it had on those affected. A persistent belief is that while one painful experience is remembered with regularity, the other has been rewritten in history, mainly because the government responsible for slavery still remains in power.
These remarks, made by President Obama during a 2012 speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, have made rounds on the Internet, mainly because people are wondering how President Obama would compare the Jewish Holocaust with slavery, where more people were affected for a longer period of time.
Read the remarks below and ask yourself: Does Obama consider slavery to be as traumatic as the holocaust which occurred in Nazi Germany?
“I say this as a President, and I say it as a father. We must tell our children about a crime unique in human history. The one and ONLY Holocaust — six million innocent people — men, women, children, babies — sent to their deaths just for being different, just for being Jewish. We tell them, our children, about the millions of Poles and Catholics and Roma and gay people and so many others who also must never be forgotten. Let us tell our children not only how they died, but also how they lived — as fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters who loved and hoped and dreamed, just like us.” –Barack Obama