Don’t Be a Sucker was released in 1947 by the US war department, building on an earlier wartime version made in 1943. The 17-minute film depicts a man lamenting African Americans and “foreigners” taking jobs, before drawing parallels between such white nationalism and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany.
A clip was shared widely on Twitter and elsewhere on Sunday, as people drew parallels between the scene depicted in the film and the current climate in the US.
Don’t Be a Sucker was produced by the US war department to warn Americans against fascism, and it was retweeted over 130,000 times last weekend
It’s easy to see why Don’t Be a Sucker has had such an impact.
The clip opens with a man on a soap box declaring himself “an American American” and railing against people “holding jobs that belong to me” to a seemingly appreciative crowd.
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1947 anti-fascist video made by US military to teach citizens how to avoid falling for Fascist rhetoric is relevant again. pic.twitter.com/vkTDD1Tplh
— Michael (@OmanReagan) August 13, 2017