LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Transliteration: it's not "vsio ravno"
Your November 26 issue contains Dr. Bohdan Vitvitsky's excellent speech concerning Ukrainians' respect for our language. Commenting on the ease with which too many Ukrainians accept Russification, Dr. Vitvitsky hits the nail on the head when he points out how "we allowed ourselves to internalize the inferiority complex that the Russians have been feeding us for decades reaching into centuries."
This certainly explains, as Dr. Vitvitsky so vividly illustrates, why we accept the Russification of our language by "those who for centuries have tried to make us disappear ... who for centuries have treated us with contempt, ... who murdered millions of our countrymen, ... who even to this day deny that we are a nation, ... who lied to us about our history, who our heroes really were, who we really were."
That same issue of The Ukrainian Weekly contains stories and pictures of Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States Kostyantyn Gryshchenko. In the ambassador's surname the Russian "G" replacing the Ukrainian "H." Apparently, it is "vsio ravno" as Dr. Vitvitsky notes in his brilliant focus on the voluntary Russification of our language.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Weekly spells the ambassador's last name in accordance with his expressly stated wishes.
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Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, December 17, 2000, No. 51, Vol. LXVIII
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