A student walked into my fourth period class today wearing a black t-shirt with a huge red Soviet hammer and sickle on the front of the shirt.
I gave the student some semi-friendly ribbing about it because I didn't have time to go into it further, but this student's wearing this t-shirt bothered me greatly. Imagine this student walking into class wearing a t-shirt with a big Nazi swastika on it. In my opinion, there is no difference between the Nazi swastika and the Soviet hammer and sickle. In fact, the ideology behind the hammer and sickle has been responsible for far more deaths than Nazism could ever dream about. Historians differ on the exact number, but the average number of deaths attributed to Communism in the 20th century falls somewhere around 100 million, but most estimates steer more toward 150 to 200 million. Why in all that is good and holy would a student find no problem wearing a shirt that glorifies that carnage? You could chalk it up to ignorance, but again, I doubt the student would unknowingly wear a swastika shirt to school, so it has to be something else. There is also a select group of students at my school who wear the ubiquitous Che Guevara t-shirt. Again, why is that accepted when wearing a Heinrich Himmler t-shirt would not go over so well?
I am being a bit rhetorical here, because I already know the answer to my question. Communism is given a pass because, in typical leftist fashion, intentions count more than results. Too often, communists are looked at as a bunch of harmless fuzzy idealists who only want to help the common man; those are the intentions. The problem is that everywhere communism was implemented, mass slaughter and subjugation soon followed; those are the results.
The ultimate irony in all this is that during the first couple years of World War II, the communists defended the actions of Hitler and the Nazis... until Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.
Good Day to You, Sir