Is Trump's America as bad as Nazi Germany? Jemele Hill slammed as Internet says Hitler was far more dangerous

Sports journalist Jemele Hill tweeted about Isabel Wilkerson's new book, 'Caste: The Origins of Discontents' and sent Internet into a frenzy over its controversial content

                            Is Trump's America as bad as Nazi Germany? Jemele Hill slammed as Internet says Hitler was far more dangerous
Donald Trump and Jemele Hill (Getty Images)

Can Trump's America be compared to Nazi Germany? A huge controversy seems to have sparked on the Internet after a book drew similarities between American people of color and those of Nazi Germany and became the talk of the town. Non-fiction book ‘Caste: The Origins of Discontents’ penned down by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson rolled out in the market this August and is already causing havoc online.

Many renowned personalities reading and examining it. Sports journalist and writer for Atlantic news website, Jemele Hill, tweeted on August 24, “Been reading Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, 'Caste', and if you were of the opinion that the United States wasn’t nearly as bad as Nazi Germany, how wrong you are. Can’t encourage you enough to read this masterpiece." No sooner did she post it on Twitter, her tweet went viral with over 4,800 retweets and 8,500 likes.


According to Penguin, the book examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows our lives today are still defined by the hierarchy of human divisions. As mentioned in The New Yorker website, "In Wilkerson's view, racism is only the visible manifestation of something deeper, a hidden system of social domination."

Writer Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the award for Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author) for 'The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration', poses in the press room at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Moreover, the book soon became the latest to enter talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s legendary book collection where Winfrey’s conversation with historian and author Isabel Wilkerson will debut this fall on Apple TV+. After the critical appreciation and indirect comparison of America with Nazi Germany, Jemele was slammed for voicing her opinion.

People said that anyone who asserts that the modern US is in any way comparable to Nazi Germany is beyond "reasonable conversation". Others thought liberals like Jemele were "brainwashed” people.

One said, "I understand some of you just can't stop with your hatred for the US, but Nazi Germany was extremely worse, and Hitler was far more dangerous than Trump ever will be. Stop calling a pathetic old man a f**ked up racist that actually went through with his twisted desires."


Another said, "Anyone who asserts the modern US is in any way comparable to Nazi Germany is beyond the reasonable conversation. Few modern Yanks have experience with tyranny, which enables such outrageous comparisons."


A user bashed Jemele saying, "If you compare the US to Nazi Germany you’re a complete idiot, the only thing comparable is you brainwashed liberals to the brainwashed nazis listening and obeying to anything you’re told."


Founder and editor of The bulwark, Charlie Sykes, tweeted, "Oh for chrissakes, read some history. We have problems. We are not Nazi Germany. This manages to be appalling, ignorant, offensive, and dumb all at the same time."


A user pointed out how free America is by agreeing with Charlie. "Charlie Sykes is mad about all the things you describe. If we were Nazi Germany then there would be no opportunity to vote Trump out much less freely express our views on Twitter."


Some said that left-liberals are far more a threat than Trump. "Nazi Germany censored speech abolished the police and took away private ownership of guns. Sound familiar? Its exactly what the left wants. The left is closer to Nazism than trump could ever even imagine to be."


On the other front, some supported Jemele's view. "I'm reading it as well. The fact that Nazis studied USA jim crow laws/apartheid system of and determined some  measures were too extreme for their purposes and STILL able came up with the Nuremberg Laws leading to the massacre of 6 million souls speaks volumes about USA."


Another agreed with Jeleme's view tweeting, "You're going to get a lot of hate for this comparison, but you're 100% correct. 'Caste' is an eye-opening and heart-breaking tour-d-force. I can't stop thinking about it."


The debate doesn't seem to end anytime soon. What are your thoughts on it? Tell us in the comments below.

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