Dans The Guardian : Wristbands and red doors for refugees: history is not repeating itself, but it is rhyming
The Big Short, the film version of Michael Lewis’s book about the 2007-08 financial crisis, focuses on a few people who saw what was coming. As the rest of Wall Street continued to trade complicated bundles of mortgages – loans that, at bottom, no one had the money to pay for – some traders quietly built up negative positions and made a mint when the whole rotten scheme was exposed as a scam. As the film nears its end, and the reality of sub-prime mortgages is beginning to emerge, the hedge fund manager Mark Baum, played by Steve Carrell, sits alone in the park and makes another gloomy prediction: “I have a feeling in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people.”
He was right about the sub-prime mortgages. And he was right about blaming immigrants and poor people. That’s what happened after Europe was swept up in the 1929 Wall Street crash. Before that, Adolf Hitler was little more than a small-time thug. By 1933 he was the German chancellor.
According to words often attributed to Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Red doors for refugees in Middlesbrough, now smeared with excrement and racist graffiti. Next red bracelets in Cardiff (a policy that has subsequently been dropped). This is not the same as the yellow stars Jews were made to wear in the lead-up to the Holocaust – not least because the yellow star, unlike the red wristband, was worn under penalty of death. Even so, it rhymes.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Germans, Danes and Swiss have started confiscating the valuables of refugees as they enter the country. The Danes have justified this to pay for special camps for refugees. Again, not the same as the 1930s. But it rhymes. A French cartoon asks about the boy who drowned off the Turkish coast: “What would Alan have become if he’d grown up? An ass groper in Germany?”It’s not the Nazi cartoons in Der Sturmer. But still.
Last week a pig’s head, inscribed with a swastika and the words “Fuck Allah”, was tied to the gates of an Islamic school in Portsmouth. Something similar happened at a Blackburn school in December. No, it’s not the same. But again, it should ring a bell.
Pour lire la suite : http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/25/wristbands-red-doors-refugees-history-rhyming-holocaust-echoes-of-past