RFI President Eric Patterson: “Don’t Know Much About History”

November 28, 2023

RFI President Eric Patterson wrote an article for WORLD on how “the failure of schools to teach about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust leads to dangerous ignorance.” Patterson writes:

Most Americans have been shocked by the vile anti-Semitism that erupted in urban centers and many university campuses in the hours following the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on Israel. Americans must reconsider what is (and is not) being taught to our schoolchildren and teens because the evidence suggests that today’s young adult is badly misinformed on the evils of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. And this portends a skewed view towards human dignity more generally.

Recall that on Oct. 8 and 9, just hours after Hamas thugs raped, tortured, and massacred 1,400 concertgoers, children, the elderly, and other civilians, rallies glorifying that violence popped up at universities and in cities such as New York. Young adults and teenagers were avidly watching what The Washington Post has called “video jihad,” body camera images from Hamas murderers that had been put to movie soundtracks. In just a few hours after the grisly attacks, thousands mobilized to gloat in the violence, chanting slogans that could have come from 1930s, such as “Gas the Jews.”

How did we get here?

Sadly, we have largely stopped teaching our rising citizens about the evil of Aryan racial supremacy, the horrors of World War II concentration camps, and the longer-term scourge of anti-Semitism that fueled the death of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.

Read the full article: “Don’t Know Much About History.”