Sunday, December 3, 1922
New York Times Editorial
Page 6, Col. 2, Section 2,

There have been many Black Fridays in recent history. Most of them have
been days of financial panic. There has been none of blacker foreboding than
last Friday. And the blackness is not loss or fear of loss in stocks and
bonds. It is the blackness of loss of home, the blackness of exile and
suffering and the peril of death. But that which deepens the darkness that
has come upon the earth in the broad daylight of the twentieth century is
civilization's prompt acceptance of the Turks' decree of banishment not only
of a million Greeks, but incidentally of all Christian minorities within the
Turkish realm beyond the Hellespont, which the Aryan crossed over three
thousand years ago. Light blackens such a blot. Lord Curzon but urged that
the Greeks be gotten out as quickly as possible in order to escape massacre.
For the rest there was, so far as reported, only quiet acquiescence.
Meanwhile, the dispatches from Washington of the same date report that
the Administration believes that the United States "is not without influence
at Lausanne," that not only the Allies but the Turkish representatives
appear to be "wholly satisfied" with the part that the United States is
playing at Lausanne, and that the very latest reports from Ambassador Child
enable the Department of State to draw the conclusion that the work of the
"gathering" at Lausanne is "proceeding satisfactorily." Let us assume that
the "very latest reports" do not include the happenings of Friday. If the
government were knowingly "wholly satisfied" with that day's record, then
black were white. It is inconceivable that the American people can be as
"wholly satisfied" with our part as the Turks are reported to be.
Is this to be the end of the Christian minorities in Asia Minor--that
land where, thirteen centuries and more before the Turk came first to rule
it, Paul had journeyed as a missionary through its length and breadth, and
where the first "seven churches that are in Asia stood," to which the
messages written in the Book of Revelation were sent?