17 Nov 2005 On the Dean Koontz “Japanese Racism” Controversy
Good grief. In reference to the author Dean Koontz Japanese racism brouhaha, it is being said that referring to the Bataan Death March and World War II to a Japanese executive is akin to mentioning slavery to a black person or the Holocaust to a Jew.
Get a clue! Black people were victims of slavery. Jews were victims of the Holocaust. Japan conducted the Bataan Death March.
Personally, I’m not one for Bataan Death March humor. Doesn’t strike me as funny, but not because I would fear offending the perpetrators, but because I would not wish to make light of the horrors experienced by the victims.
The difference between a victim and a perpetrator is a very clear one. It’s odd, and rather worrisome, that some people don’t seem to see it.