The United States is a country that is once again plagued with racism. The threat had started to dissipate, and just when the crowning achievement for minorities was attained, a minority in the White House, the fires of hatred were stoked again, but this time against the majority population. The definition of racism is constantly debated, primarily because it’s not at all debatable that racism is a bad thing. Hatred of any kind is a cancer that spreads through a society and is not only bad for the political landscape but can actually cause physical suffering and even death.
Probably the most prolific example of racism at it’s finest was the horrific death toll at the hands of the Nazis. Their political agenda of world domination was fueled by a hatred for one particular race, and no punishment was harsh enough, they had to be snuffed out. Abuse and death are always the end result of unchecked hatred and racism. That’s one historical example that America must try to avoid repeating.
While the President was overseas, working on international policy, First Lady Melania Trump went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, in an effort to remember that horrible sacrifice that was made by millions of innocents who were born into the wrong race. USA Today reports that her trip was in remembrance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was on Saturday:
First lady Melania Trump, whose plan to accompany President Trump to Davos was canceled at the last minute, instead went to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Thursday — alone and unaccompanied by the media.
The visit, announced by the White House after it was over, was arranged to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday. In a statement released by the East Wing, Trump said she wanted to pay respect to the 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust and to the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives and families were broken by the horrors of the Holocaust,” her statement said. “Yet it is also through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love. My heart is with you, and we remember.”
With no press photographers present, only White House photos were available, some of which Trump tweeted out.
“Thank you @HolocaustMuseum for a powerful & moving tour that honors the millions of innocent lives lost, and educates us on the tragedies and effects of the holocaust,” her tweet said.
Thank you @HolocaustMuseum for a powerful & moving tour that honors the millions of innocent lives lost, and educates us on the tragedies and effects of the holocaust. #WeRemember #AskWhy pic.twitter.com/za8MN6pKRZ
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 25, 2018
Soon after, Trump departed Washington and arrived at Palm Beach International Airport near the Trump resort at Mar-a-Lago, according to The Palm Beach Post, which reported that the plane (smaller than Air Force One but with similar markings) dropped off the first lady for an unscheduled visit.
‘According to the Federal Aviation Administration, that plane is referred to Executive One Foxtrot when a member of the president’s family is aboard,’ the paper reported.
It is not unusual for this first lady to make unannounced and under-the-radar public appearances sans a press pool tagging along.
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, said Trump’s reasons for canceling her travel plans to Davos were practical.
‘It was determined there were too many scheduling and logistical issues, so Mrs. Trump will not travel to Davos,’ Grisham said in an email to USA TODAY. Grisham did not respond to emails about why Trump went to Florida later Thursday.
Based on her solo activities during previous foreign trips accompanying the president, Mrs.Trump prefers to visit schools and hospitals where she gets to meet children. Davos is a small Swiss Alpine town that annually hosts the World Economic Forum, where there is little to do except gab with world leaders, businessmen and billionaires, or go skiing.
So instead of jetting off to Switzerland on Air Force One Wednesday night, she was driven from the White House to just off the National Mall to the Holocaust memorial, where she was met by museum director Sara Bloomfield.
Trump, 47, who was born in Slovenia in eastern Europe, took a tour of the 24-year-old museum that charts the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany from 1933, the evolution of its policies toward the Jewish people, and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945 by the Allied forces, according to the White House statement.
The tour concluded at the Hall of Remembrance where Trump participated in a moment of silence by the Eternal Flame Memorial, followed by a lighting of a candle at the Prayer Wall.”
There are any number of problems that we can point to in American culture today. But as we go about solving them, we must remember that the end goal is always supposed to be quality of life. If we had perfect international relationships, but it cost us so much money people were taxed into the poor house, that’s not a good quality of life. If we have the rise of a certain race, but the ultimate result is hatred and death, the ultimate purpose wasn’t served.
Maybe we take a moment to remember what hatred and racism have brought countries in the past and dedicate ourselves to standing up to it in the future.
[H/T: USA Today]