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In defense of Whoopi Goldberg

Melvin B. Miller

Jewish leaders have the right, in fact the duty, to demean Holocaust deniers. However, should they have the sole authority to establish the international definition of the nature of the Holocaust abuses?

Whoopi Goldberg is by no means antisemitic, but as a Black American she prefers not to consider the Holocaust as “… about race.” According to a reported statement, she said “The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let’s think about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other.”

It’s strange that Jewish groups would take offense at such a position. For decades, they refused to recognize the Armenian genocide that occurred from 1915-1923, even though it was brought to the world’s attention by Henry Morgenthau, a prominent Jewish American who was the U.S. ambassador to Constantinople at that time.

The Turks launched a devastating genocide against the Christian Armenians that cost an estimated 1.2 million lives. For geopolitical reasons, Isreal has failed to acknowledge the genocide of Armenians by Turkey. Is it any wonder that Whoopi Goldberg would prefer to view human suffering from a personal rather than other strategic perspectives?

ABC owes Goldberg a pardon as well as the reimbursement for any fees she may have been denied.