A video released by the U.S. War Department in 1947 warning Americans about fascism and racism has been dug up and has subsequently gone viral in the days following the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
The 17-minute video, called “Don’t Be a Sucker," serves as a cautionary tale to residents to not allow Nazism to trickle into the United States. You can watch the full video below.
Early in the video the narrator describes America as having, “All kinds of people. People from different countries, with different religions, different colored skins…free people. They can live together and work together and build America together because they’re free.”
Soon thereafter, the video shows a man shouting disparaging things about people of other races and religions in the middle of a town surrounded by people.
“I happen to know the facts,” the man shouts. “Now friends, I’m just an average American. But I’m an AMERICAN American. And some of the things I see in this country of ours make my blood boil…I see Negros holding jobs that belong to me and you. Now I ask you, if we allow this thing to go on, what’s going to happen to us real Americans?”
The camera cuts to a Hungarian-American who is listening with a friend.
“I’ve heard this kind of talk before, but I never expected to hear it in America,” the man says.
The camera cuts back to the man shouting to the crowd.
“I tell you, friends, we’ll never be able to call this country our own until it’s a country without. Without what?” he shouts. “Without Negros, without alien foreigners, without Catholics, without Freemasons….these are your enemies! These are the people who are trying to take over our country! Now you know them. You know what they stand for! And it’s up to you and me to fight them! Fight them and destroy them, before they destroy us!”
The video continues as the Hungarian-American man tells his friend of what he saw in Berlin as the Nazi party took over in Germany.
“In this country, we have no other people,” the man says to his friend before going into detail of the Nazis rise. “We are American people.”
“We must never let that happen to us or to our country,” the man says after talking about the Nazi takeover. “We must never let ourselves be divided by race or color or religion, because in this country, we all belong to minority groups.”
The man continues to his friend, a Freemason.
“You have a right to be what you are and say what you think, because here we have personal freedom, we have liberty…and these are not just fancy words. This is a practical and priceless way of living.”
The report was provided by our affiliate WJLA.