UKIP compares immigration with oppression of Native Americans

UKIP have issued a leaflet comparing immigration in the UK to the plight of Native Americans in the 19th century. Many were subjected to acts of genocide.

The UK Independence Party have issued a leaflet in Lancaster which compares immigration in the UK to the plight of Native Americans, an indigenous people removed from their land in the early nineteenth century – and in many cases subjected to acts of genocide.

The leaflet, uploaded on The Straight Choice – the election leaflet project, depicts a Native American in full head dress with the caption: “He used to ignore immigration … now he lives on a reservation”.

David Cesarani, an English historian who specialises in Jewish history, states in Holocaust: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies: “in terms of the sheer numbers killed, the Native American Genocide exceeds that of the Holocaust”.

Tonight, the Freesteel blog writes that:

“Some quick checking on-line searching traces this particular idea to the right wing Northern League in Italy in their 2008 elections. (link) Even though they don’t have a, their posters are available on their website. The funny thing is I always thought that italians were better dressed than that baggy green sweater guy.”

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