August 09, 2005
Hitler hired Jews, claims respected Stalinist!
Here's Harry Belafonte on Adolf Hitler:
Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. Color does not necessarily denote quality, content or value.(Via the G. Gordon Liddy Show)
Belafonte's statement is an outrageous lie, but it was intended as an attack on black conservatives, so I don't expect to see it mentioned in my local newspaper -- or anywhere else in the Mainstream Media.
NOTE: If it appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer, I promise to correct myself.
Anyway, Belafonte's remark drew an immediate protest from Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies:
"Some entertainers simply don't know much about history," said Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, a research and education institute focusing on America's response to the Holocaust. "The fact is that there were no Jews in Hitler's hierarchy, the policies of America and Israel are not similar to those of Hitler, and African-American conservatives are not comparable to Nazis."In another interview, Dick Gregory allowed that black conservatives have the "right to exist," but analogized them to Nazis:
"They (black conservatives) have a right to exist, but why would I want to walk around with a swastika on my shirt after the way Hitler done messed it (the swastika symbol) up?"I realize that Belafonte and Gregory are supposed to be entertainers, but I don't find such appalling ignorance entertaining in the least.
Considering allegations that Belafonte is an unreconstructed Stalinist, though, so I can't say I'm surprised.
I'd be surprised to see him apologize.
posted by Eric on 08.09.05 at 11:14 AM
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