Boris Kodjoe has been in lots of movies and TV exhibits, together with his most up-to-date gig in Shonda Rhimes’ Station 19, nonetheless maybe his most spectacular feat is studying English from scratch when he was a teen.
Kodjoe emigrated from Germany when he was 18 and is aware of quite a bit concerning the European nation and its historical past, notably Adolf Hitler and Nazism. As a visitor on SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Present, the actor claims that the historical past of The Third Reich and the Holocaust was completely taught in German colleges.
“Collectively, the nation understood its accountability to teach and train its youngsters in order that one thing like that will by no means re-occur… anytime there’s a victimization of marginalized folks, whether or not it’s of faith, cultural, or of social nature, it must be fought instantly,” he mentioned. “It must be eradicated it instantly as a result of we’ve seen what it could result in.”
Appears like America’s public schooling might take some suggestions from Germany. Many people don’t study Black historical past, past Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., till school.
Kodjoe was additionally requested if he sees similarities between the rise of Hitler and modern-day Trumpism.
“I feel it’s a good parallel to attract simply based mostly on the gradual developments that occurred proper by means of the Weimar Republic main as much as World Warfare II – that’s precisely what occurred,” he replied. “There was a variety of propaganda… Jews had been made answerable for financial devastation, jobs, housing, illness — so what’s occurring proper now, the rhetoric that’s being unfold by this administration, by one individual particularly, round immigrants, brown folks — is acutely harmful. It’s result in a desensitizing of our consciousness round these matters, the place folks 5 years in the past would say, ‘You may’t say that.’
“Now his base has chosen to make use of the rhetoric as an outlet to do away with that frustration and the hatred that’s been constructed,” he continued. “He has shamefully used and abused that for his personal profit. And to additional marginalize immigrants, brown, Black folks. It’s a really, very harmful factor that individuals completely have to handle and converse out about. It occurs actually quick and it can’t be addressed early sufficient, for my part.”
Highly effective phrases from Boris.
Take heed to a clip of the interview under.