Jemele Hill Says U.S. Is ‘Nearly As Bad As Nazi Germany’

Controversial journalist Jemele Hill is routinely critical of President Trump and the United States in general but took things further than her usual critiques on Sunday evening when she claimed the country is “nearly as bad as Nazi Germany.”

Fox News reports the line “caused waves of shock on Twitter” from people across the political spectrum, friends and critics alike.

“Been reading Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, ‘Caste,’ and if you were of the opinion that the United States wasn’t nearly as bad as Nazi Germany, how wrong you are,” Hill tweeted. “Can’t encourage you enough to read this masterpiece.”

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She immediately tried to backpedal the line, clarifying that she did not think “the current state of America is like Nazi Germany.”

“I was referring specifically to our racial history. The parallels have been pointed out by plenty of historians, not just Isabel Wilkerson,” she continued, responding to criticism from comedian Tim Young.

Hill, who BizPac Review reports was fired from ESPN after she called President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter in 2017, seemed to double down in her response to Arc Digital Editor-in-Chief Berny Belvedere.

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Others piled on the tweet, pointing out just how bizarre and ludicrous the statement is.

Concerning the book in question, Fox News reports Oprah Winfrey recently announced it as her latest book club pick.

The report adds:

The 59-year-old Wilkerson is an author and journalist who won the National Book Critics Circle award in 2011 for her previous book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” about the Black migration from the South in the early 20th century.

In “Caste,” she looks at American history and the treatment of Blacks and finds what she calls an enduring, unseen and unmentioned caste system — not unlike those in India or Nazi Germany — that has yet to be fully confronted.

“You cannot solve a problem unless you identify it and define it,” Wilkerson told The Associated Press, adding that Winfrey’s endorsement means “many more people who have not learned about this will have the chance to read about something that deeply affects us all.”