Paul R. Magocsi’s recent article with the catchy title “Anti-Semitism in Ukraine?” (October 6) turned out to be a plug for a 2016 book he co-authored on Jews and Ukrainians.
The piece concludes that Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s election as president of Ukraine demonstrated the “political maturity of Ukrainian society.” Really?
As a comedian, Mr. Zelenskyy made his living disparaging Ukraine and Ukrainians in vivid terms. Would a comedian using the “n” word in his or her routines and then running for president be electable in today’s America? Can Prof. Magocsi name at least one other democracy where the majority – as a sign of their political maturity – had elected a president who made a career out of derogating them?