Misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories lead to tragic events in history

Misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories have all led to tragic events in our history.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated January 27, 2005 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


According to the United States Holocaust Museum, propaganda played a huge role in the start of the Holocaust. After the Nazis seized power in 1933, Hitler established the Reich Ministry of Enlightenment and Propaganda. It was led by Joseph Goebbels. The ministry ensures that the Nazi message is successfully communicated to modern entertainment. art, music, theatre, teaching materials and the press.

Nazi propaganda targeted non-German civilians, soldiers, police and auxiliaries. After World War I, Czechoslovakia and Poland were the subject of Nazi propaganda.


This propaganda sought to evoke political loyalty and so-called racial consciousness among the German populations. He also misled foreign governments.


Journalists had to follow warrants and instructions. Print and distribute what was given to them by the Ministry of Propaganda. They would take control of news content and editorial pages.

Journalists who did not follow instructions could be fired or sent to a concentration camp.

Felix Fechenbach (January 28, 1894 – August 7, 1933) was a German-Jewish journalist, poet, and political activist.  He was state secretary in the socialist/communist regime of Kurt Eisner which overthrew the Bavarian monarchy of Wittelsbach.  After his overthrow he worked as an editor during the Weimar period.  After the Nazis seized power, he was arrested and later executed.

Felix Fechenbach was killed on August 7, 1933 at the age of 39. He was born in Mergentheim, in a family of the petty bourgeoisie.

In 1929, Fechenbach was hired as editor of the newspaper SPD Volksblatt in Detmold. In March 1933, he was arrested by the Nazi government for his “anti-fascist activities”. and was later shot.

Here in the United States, there have been problems with disinformation targeting groups.

In 1961, a 10-minute film titled “Boys Beware” was sent to the school by the police department to warn of the LGBTQ community.

The video was shot in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California with cooperation from the city’s police department and the Inglewood Unified School District. The film made reference to the fact that the homosexual suffered from mental illnesses.

At that time, homosexuality was considered a mental disorder. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) – the largest psychiatric organization in the world issued a resolution declaring that homosexuality was not a mental illness or disease.

It would help the community, but in many ways the damage was done. It would take years for the LGBTQ community to fight for freedom of marriage. To this day, the fight for rights continues.

Today, the LGBTQ plus community continues to make headlines.

Several states, including Texas, have pushed bathroom bills and now athletics between the sexes.

House Bill 25 is now law. This means that students must compete in UIL competitions based on their biological sex.

Many Texas groups have supported this claim saying that male born athletes competing in women’s sports create disadvantages for women.

Groups like the Human Rights Campaign blame politics and misinformation.

Lawmakers across the country have recently proposed a number of bills targeting the transgender community. The majority of these bills attempt to restrict transgender children’s participation in school sports or to bar transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming health care. These bills have sparked a debate about transgender rights, a debate filled with misconceptions and lies.

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In July 2021, far-right activists like Proud Boy associates clashed with left-wing activists.

The LAPD declared an unlawful gathering and arrested several dozen people.

LAPD arrested 40 people during the violent transgender rights protest and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowd.

The riot started from a viral Instagram video of a furious customer complaining to Wi Spa staff that a transgender woman was in the women’s section of the spa. It is now believed that the video could have been staged.

The spa added that it complies with California law, Section 51(b) of the Civil Code, which provides that “All persons under the jurisdiction of this State are free and equal, and regardless of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information , marital status, sexual orientation, nationality, native language, or immigration status are entitled to full and equal accommodation, benefits, facilities, privileges, or services in all commercial establishments of any kind whether it be. “

Proud Boys Leader Arrested

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FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2020, file photo, Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Oregon. Police in the nation’s capital on January 4, 2021, arrested the leader of the Proud Boys, who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn from a historic black church in downtown Washington in December 2020. ( AP Photo/Allison Dinner, File)

Since January 6, bands like Proud Boys across the United States have used local culture wars.

“The actions of the Proud Boys contradict their disavowal of bigotry: the Proud Boys and rank-and-file leaders routinely proclaim white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,” states the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In 2019, the Austin Regional Intelligence Center established a Special Event Threat Assessment
potential dangers to Austin’s Pride Parade. Proud Boys has been named as being associated with a “growing backlash against Pride Month”.

Misinformation can lead to hatred and violence. In recent years, conspiracy theories have sparked violence.

The News Literacy Project aims to help citizens understand the importance of news and misinformation.

“It’s getting harder and harder to separate fact from fiction,” said The News Literacy Project.

Last year, the average American adult spent about 11 hours a day consuming media on their computer, TV, or phone.

To provide a curriculum for classes and ordinary citizens.

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