Prince Charles has made a heartfelt speech about the current political climate. In the video he expresses concern about:
“… The rise of many populist groups around the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith.”
The next-in-line to the throne then added that:
“… This has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.”
While Prince Charles was born after the war, he speaks of his parents living through the evil of World War II. Speaking of course about the Holocaust, he describes it as:
“… An inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.”
Prince Charles would have heard stories firsthand from his parents about the war. A war where Adolf Hitler rose as a populist leader in hard economic times … sound familiar? Hitler, the most famous white supremacist in history, took aim at Jewish people and is estimated to have murdered 6 million Jewish people, based on their race/religion.
It is more than disturbing that current events have moved Prince Charles to make comparisons with the polarization that caused such horrific murders and misery in the past. Prince Charles is speaking of a time where intolerance won and religious freedom was violated. He is seeing history repeat itself.
The current political mood is more than worrying. The recent terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany, led to many verbal attacks on German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Many people have pointed a finger at Merkel, as if it his her fault for being so generous towards Syrian refugees. Nigel Farage, BREXIT advocate and former leader of the UKIP, tweeted in response to the Berlin Christmas market attacks:
Terrible news from Berlin but no surprise. Events like these will be the Merkel legacy.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 20, 2016
Terrorism is part of this polarization and far-right populism is another. Polarization is seemingly pushing people to belong to one side or the other.
Prince Charles’ message appears to be aimed at addressing this disturbing trend that is reminiscent of the mood in the 1930s. We must learn from the past.
Unfortunately peace, tolerance, and acceptance of others all seem to be slipping further and further away.
Watch Prince Charles’ address here:
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