Like our nation, Germany is a great nation with many great people, but as a society they treat their past sins as a permanent mark that they always seek redemption for and never forget. Outside of German homes in towns and cities, on the sidewalks there are engravings of the names of the Jewish families that used to live in their homes, but were taken away and killed. This allows the Germans to know how the Jewish people were persecuted and oppressed under the Third Reich. Moore ponders the question “What would our signs look like if we did this in America?” What would our classes teach? What if from now on during police academy training classes police cadets and officers viewing training videos on tolerance as they watch the awful videos of Eric Gardener to prevent these tragedies from occurring again? As Confederate Flags and statues seem to be more treasured in today’s society than remembrance of slaves, abolitionists, civil rights leaders, Native Americans, and even Union Generals, it makes you ponder just how cache and hidden racism really is in America.
Moore asks “Why do we hide from our sins?” It’s a profound statement in the film in how we need to start telling the truth. Moore points out how the United States never had a museum of slavery until last year. Moore poetically states “The first step of recovery, the first step of being a better person or a better nation, we must stand up and honestly realize who and what we are.” It’s an essential point in how we should never forget our history, so we never repeat it. If there is one thing we can learn from our dark side and make amends for it we can free ourselves and be a better people so we can do well by others. Moore states “If they can do it, so can we.” Sadly, Germany has had an increase of antisemitism and xenophobia in the last few years, due mostly to the citizens listening to far-right extremists like Alex Jones and Joseph Paul Watson, which is sadly occurring right now in our nation as we have tragically seen an increase in racism, hate crimes, and even domestic terrorism (Dylan Roof, the burning of Black Churches, abortion clinic shootings) by right-wing extremists in the last 7 years due to fears of diversity, immigration, and other social changes.