Yesterday, November 11, 2018, I posted about a Catholic author on Facebook who shared a Marxist article that alleged that Poles are a bunch of scary fascists, Nazis, and white supremacists.
This Catholic author quoted a Marxist article about Poland's November 11, 2018, Independence Day March.
Here is the truth of this maligned march: Poland was colonized by Russia, Prussia, and Austria for over one hundred years. During this colonization, at various times, Poles were forbidden to speak their own language, they were forbidden from building a permanent dwelling, they were marched to Siberia, they were plied with alcohol, and they were lynched by their colonizers. Germans and Russians announced as their goal a genocide of Poles. Germans' genocidal attitudes were a minor form of Nazism before Nazism.
In 1918, Poland regained independence. Then, in 1939, Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, and Poland was crucified.
And yet Poland is still here.
Thus Poles march. We are still alive, in spite of genocidal pressures.
The Catholic author on Facebook is not alone. I just did a Google search to find images of the march to share here. The words that Google suggested as associated with a search of Poland's Independence Day March were "white," "far right," "anti," "nationalist" and "right wing."
The New York Times implied that the march was about the "far right."
The BBC also alleged the march was "far right."
The Guardian headline associated the march with the "far right."
Fox News used "far right" first thing in its headline.
The Independent said that "fascists" marched.
The Wall Street Journal opened with the words "far right."
The Times of Israel also used "far right."
TVP.info posted video, linked below, of the march in question. In this eleven-minute long video, which I have watched more than once, the viewer sees hundreds of Poles marching in front of the camera.
The viewer notices several things. First, none of these Polish marchers are grotesquely overweight. Forgive me but I can't help but notice, in any US crowd scene, how overweight we have become as a nation.
None of the marchers is dressed shabbily. Again, I can't help but notice sagged pants, sloppy clothes, and other aspects of current American attire.
No one is shouting or pushing or giving anyone else a hard time. Poles are quiet and courteous.
Women friends walk arm in arm. Mothers push strollers. Families walk together, fathers, mothers, and children. There are young people who are proud to be in public with their parents.
How often do we see this in America any more?
Most of the marchers are carrying Polish flags. When is the last time you saw Americans so eager to carry their own flag?
Admittedly, this footage was chosen by TVP. I don't know if they edited out any scary fascists who were present, and we know such people exist, and we know the scary fascists use Independence Day to push their agenda.
The scary fascists in question are the Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny. You can read more about this group here.
Me? If I were lucky enough to be in Poland on the hundredth anniversary of Poland regaining her independence, after being colonized for over a hundred years by Russia, Prussia, and Austria, after surviving the crucifixion of the Nazi and Soviet invasions and occupations, wild horses could not prevent me from participating in the Independence Day March. I'd probably be crying every step of the way.
And I would not march alongside the small group of ONR marchers.
Why is that so hard to understand? That we can love Poland not be "far right," "fascist," "white supremacist," etc?
The answer is in my book, "Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype." Read it and you will understand why even nominal Catholics become fellow travelers with Marxists when they talk about Poles and Poland.
There are scary fascists in the US as well. It was in the US, after all, that eleven innocent Jews at prayer were recently murdered by an evil monster invested in a conspiracy theory about immigration, a conspiracy theory disseminated by the team associated with the most powerful man in the world. Donald Trump himself has disseminated this anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about immigrants and immigration, namely, that George Soros is paying immigrants to enter the US.
Before Americans point the finger at Poles, Americans should look at their own house.
And watch this eleven minute video of marching Poles. Patriotic, proud, decent, Poles. Be inspired.
You can view TVP.info's video here