A history teacher from Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California was temporarily suspended for teaching students about the parallels between the rise of Trump and dictator Adolf Hitler. Frank Navarro, who has won awards for his research on the Holocaust, was accused of teaching "one-sided" history.
|Frank Navarro, Image source: SFGate|
"This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech. Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts. I said (to Mountain View officials), ‘I’m not pulling these facts out of my hat. It’s based on experience and work and if I’m wrong, show me where I’m wrong.’ And there was silence," said Navarro. "In my silence, I would be substantiating the bigotry," he goes on to say.
Although the superintendent has since brought Navarro back to the school, he explained that his actions were to maintain diligence. To "maintain a line in a classroom." Hitler's actions are not in dispute so I am unclear what this "line" is. Hitler demonized a minority group to justify his actions. Trump has demonized many.
So what Navarro can no longer do, I can:
Don’t compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. It belittles Hitler. at Washington Post
Others Trump has been compared to:
What a Trump America Can Learn from a Berlusconi Italy at New York Times
Trump’s not Hitler, he’s Mussolini: How GOP anti-intellectualism created a modern fascist movement in America at Salon
Donald Trump Has Much in Common With Someone You Would Least Expect at AlterNet (*psst it's Osama bin Laden)
Pinochet. Chavez. Trump? at Politico
What Trump Has in Common With Stalin and Kim Jong-il at NY Magazine
Alright, frankly I'm tired of listing the endless comparisons.
If you don't agree with any of these, you should have no trouble with this quiz:
Which Terrifying Political Voice Said It? at NY Daily News