Anti-Nazi 1940s US War Department Video Goes Viral for Its Alarming Similarities to Our Current Political Climate

(Photo: U.S. War Department)

Anti-Nazi 1940s US War Department Video Goes Viral for Its Alarming Similarities to Our Current Political Climate

Many are pointing out how sadly relevant the film is in wake of Trump's response to Charlottesville.

Published August 15, 2017

In light of the recent terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Trump's subsequent delay in condemning white supremacy, an anti-fascism short film from the 1940s has resurfaced. 

In a short clip from a 17-minute film called "Don't Be a Sucker!", the United States War Department teaches citizens how to not fall for fascist ideals and propaganda. The clip was first posted by Twitter user Michael Oman-Reagan. 

When the film was released during World War II, it demonstrated how certain ideas being passed off as "American" were actually xenophobic, racist, fascist and bigoted. 

  1. Due to the film's relevancy, it has been tweeted and shared as a way to denounce Trump and his rhetoric

    The clip shows a man in a crowd who refers to himself as an "American American." At one point he yells:

    "I see negroes holding down jobs that belong to me and you.

    "And I tell you friends, we'll never be able to call this country our own, until it's a country without. Without what? Without negroes, without alien foreigners, without Catholics, without freemasons.

    "These are your enemies. These are the people who are trying to take over our country. And it's up to us to fight them. Fight them and destroy them before they destroy us."

  2. Many compared the short film clip to the atrocities that occurred in Charlottesville
  3. While some could not help but point out how the rhetoric pushed by Trump and his cabinet is eerily close to fascist propaganda

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: U.S. War Department)

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