Sunday, February 24, 2019
Israel Should Apologize to Poland: Caroline Glick.
My book Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype is the only scholarly book devoted exclusively to the stereotype of Poles as brutes, as the world's worst anti-Semites, as more animal than human.
Many Poles and Polonians criticized me for the book, saying that negative stereotypes of Poles would die out as more and more Poles became professionals, and as Polish-Jewish relations improved.
No, I said, you don't understand stereotypes. This stereotype will never die out. Poles and Polonians must address it in an effective way.
The first place to start is to read the one scholarly book out there that takes on this stereotype, and that offers Poles and Polonians the tools to address the stereotype.
Month after month, year after year, new Bieganski crises emerge. Poles and Polonians get all fired up, they post argumentative and impassioned social media posts, The Kosciuszko Foundation or some Polish minister or other issues a testy response.
Poles and Polonians talk about how great Kosciuszko was, and they talk about the Armia Krajowa.
But they never get around to addressing these matters with any focus or concentration. And the next Bieganski crisis comes rolling down the chute.
What can I say? Polonia, when you mature, you may treat the Bieganski stereotype with more seriousness. Until then, it's just the same crisis on a different day.
"Poles imbibe anti-semitism with their mother's milk," says Israel Katz.
Polonia, I told you so.
Let me know when you want to address Bieganski in a mature and sophisticated way. I'd be more than happy to help. Meanwhile, I'll just watch from the sidelines as you continue to shoot yourself in the foot by refusing to take on the stereotype head-on.
See pertinent articles here and here.