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‘The View’ changed its view. Whoopi!

Admittedly, I have been critical of Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League CEO, for addressing bigotry in general terms, as it applies to any marginalized group, as opposed to focusing on antisemitism. Well, today that changed.

Greenblatt appeared on the popular TV show, The View, and told Whoopi Goldberg that her remarks were incorrect about a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban Maus, a novel about the Holocaust.

Goldberg, who the previous day said that the Holocaust was not about race, it was about man’s inhumanity to man, today corrected her historically inaccurate claim and stated that she now knows that it “was indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race.” She said, “I stand corrected and I stand with the Jewish people.”

Greenblatt responded, “Well, Whoopi, there’s no question that the Holocaust was about race. That is how the Nazis saw it as they perpetrated the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people across continents, across countries with deliberate and ruthless cruelty. And the first page of Maus, the book you were talking about yesterday, Whoopi, it opens with a quote from Hitler, and it says, the Jews undoubtedly are a race, but they are not human.”

Hitler and the brutish goons who supported him then, and the Troglodytes who support his outlook today, regard Jews as a distinct species: rats, mice, and the spawn of the devil. We may not be able to completely eradicate such Amalekite inspired bigotry but that does not relieve us from the responsibility to try.

Today Jonathan Greenblatt took a giant step in the right direction.

About the Author
Since retiring from IBM Steve Wenick has served as a freelance book reviewer for HarperCollins Publishing and Simon & Schuster. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, Jerusalem Online, Philadelphia Inquirer, Attitudes Magazine, and The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey. Steve and his wife are residents of Voorhees, New Jersey.
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