Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Whoopi Goldberg, Black-Jewish Relations, Polish-Jewish Relations, and New York Times' Jewish Readers

 A chapter of "Bieganski the Brute Polak" is dedicated to Black-Jewish relations. One cannot understand Polish-Jewish relations without context. 

One theme of that chapter: high profile incidents perceived to be anti-Semitic involving blacks are treated much differently by powerful Jews than high profile incidents of perceived anti-Semitism involving Poles. 

When Poles are perceived to have said or done something anti-Semitic, those Poles are spoken of as expressing a corrupt and evil Polish essence. 

When blacks are perceived to have said or done something anti-Semitic, those blacks are spoken of as being mistaken, as meaning well but being misunderstood, or as being victims of white racism. Or the incident is trivialized. "It's no big deal!" 

The above statements are about trends. They do not represent what occurs in all circumstances, and they do not represent how every Jewish person worldwide responds. 

In any case, that trend is repeating itself in the Whoopi Goldberg controversy. The "most popular" reader comments in a New York Times story covering Whoopi's offensive and idiotic comment about the Holocaust are comments that forgive Whoopi, insist that she is a friend to Jews, or identify her as a victim of racism. 


  1. Would something foolish said about Poles get this kind of attention and indignation? I doubt it.

  2. The fate of Polish serfs was better than the one of Black slaves in USA, but far from success. The Poles were liberated (in Russian part od Poland) in 1864. Many peasants remained economically dependent from their landlords. They were illiterate, had no capital to start any business. Many pesants obtained 4 years education in 1918-1939 Poland. There existed economical and social conflicts between the liberated peasants and Jewish traders, traces of which exists as antisemitic stereotypes. Communist Poland organised or continued overpopulwated big farms as state ones, called PGR. Poland dissolved the PGRs after 1989 producing big unemployment. Such regions remain underdeveloped, eg. Masuria. There is a new project to construct infrastructure in former PGR regions.

  3. I have to agree completely. I see this kind of condemnation quite frequently on social media as well.


Bieganski the Blog exists to further explore the themes of the book Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture.
These themes include the false and damaging stereotype of Poles as brutes who are uniquely hateful and responsible for atrocity, and this stereotype's use in distorting WW II history and all accounts of atrocity.
This blog welcomes comments from readers that address those themes. Off-topic and anti-Semitic posts are likely to be deleted.
Your comment is more likely to be posted if:
Your comment includes a real first and last name.
Your comment uses Standard English spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Your comment uses I-statements rather than You-statements.
Your comment states a position based on facts, rather than on ad hominem material.
Your comment includes readily verifiable factual material, rather than speculation that veers wildly away from established facts.
T'he full meaning of your comment is clear to the comment moderator the first time he or she glances over it.
You comment is less likely to be posted if:
You do not include a first and last name.
Your comment is not in Standard English, with enough errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar to make the comment's meaning difficult to discern.
Your comment includes ad hominem statements, or You-statements.
You have previously posted, or attempted to post, in an inappropriate manner.
You keep repeating the same things over and over and over again.