“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Monday, 24 June 2013

Jim Wango and the Nazis.

The left's habit of labelling all and sundry as "Nazi" has always struck me as less than clever. The cops who shrugged their shoulders at Stephen Lawrence's murder, spent years covering up their ineptitude and even mounted undercover operations to discredit the grieving family, these people may have been deeply racist but that is not "Nazi". The history of what befell those who failed to live up to Nazi racial ideals is long and harrowing. It includes mass murder and individual stories of bigotry and injustice that are not so much horrific as just very sad. I came across one such story on the Wrestling Heritage site. Jim Wango was a globe trotting black professional wrestler who made the mistake of upsetting top Nazi  thug Julius Streicher on the eve of the Berlin Olympics. It's a little bit of history on the margins and one of thousands of such stories that formed the true narrative of what "Nazi" really means.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check out 'In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens'
The story of Max Schmeling the anti-nazi 'nazi'boxer, who was happy to lose against Lewis, is fascinating too...