Raising awareness for systemic racist policies and increasingly fascist power-grabs is still not the same thing as saying Trump is gearing up for genocide.
How am I dismissing it? Because I won’t say one or even a hundred or even a thousand deaths is the same thing as genocide? By this definition, the USA is committing genocide already, for instance against the black population who is jailed at much higher rates than whites, and prisons are neglectful places. Those are all horrible, awful things, but I have not seen too many people saying the USA is currently engaged in genocide against black people.
Well, apparently I and the dictionary have a different definition?
Merriam Webster: “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group”
There is no question this is the correct way of referring to what America did to the first nations people. It describes the Holocaust. Stalin. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Rwanda was not as directly state-controlled, but probably counts. The American slavery of blacks I think could be included, although “destruction” in terms of the definition of genocide is commonly understood to mean killing, in any single context I’ve ever heard the word used before – and when you grow up as an Ashkenazi Jew, trust me, you get an education on genocide, and what that means to a people it was recently committed on.
I do not accept the Trump administration, I am a massive critic of the Trump administration, I have done what I can to work against the Trump administration. The idea that me not acquiescing to what I perceive to be a highly exaggerated claim that they are literally gearing up to commit genocide on some… unnamed population, is the same as me supporting Trump, the administration’s racist policies, their fascist power grabs? That is simply an exceptionally weak argument, and no amount of “piling on” which frankly, I think is just cybernetic virtue signaling at this point, will make me think it is reasonable. Period. I’m totally fine with us disagreeing about this, and it seems quite obvious that we will. So be it.
Here, btw, is the UN definition of genocide. I have asked multiple times, what is the group people think the Trump administration is gearing up to commit genocide on. The entire definition is that there is a specifically targeted group, and policies and actions are oriented around eliminating the number of people in that population by killing, or preventing reproduction. Not one person has offered a view on this, which I find telling.