Are Jews a race? Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t believe so and she upset many people saying the Holocaust was not racism.
Goldberg’s free-style commentary on the ABC show “The View” pushed a lot of people’s buttons on Monday. The comedienne opined the Holocaust wasn’t about race as much as “man’s inhumanity to man” and it took place between “two White groups of people.” Apparently, Ms. Goldberg does not believe White people can be victims of racism.
“It’s not about race,” she said. “The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or White, ’cause Black, White, Jews — everybody eats each other.”
Goldberg later apologized with a post to her Twitter page that said the American Defamation League enlightened her by reminding her the Nazis wanted to kill all the Jewish people because he considered them an inferior race. “I stand corrected,” Goldberg said.
Her 8:15 p.m. tweet was posted after she taped an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. During her conversation with Mr. Colbert, the cohost of The View did not sound so apologetic.
“I feel, being Black, when we talk about race, it’s a very different thing to me,” Goldberg told Colbert. “So I said that I felt that the Holocaust wasn’t about race. And people got very, very, very angry and still are angry.” She said she received a lot of mail that contains very real anger because many people feel very differently. “But, I thought it was a salient discussion because — as a Black person — I think of race as being something that I can see.”
“So I see you, and I know what race you are.”
The comedienne explained she didn’t view Jewish people as a race because the Nazis had to research people’s heritage. The Nazis then required Jews to wear yellow or gold stars to identify them as Jews, at a glance.
“I said this wasn’t racial,” Goldberg added. “This was about white on white. And everybody said, ‘No, no, no, it was racial,’ and so that’s what this all came from,” she complained.
“So once again: Don’t write me any more, I know how you feel, OK?” complained Goldberg. “I already know. I get it. And I’m going to take your word for it and never bring it up again.”
An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor ignored Goldberg’s plea to stop complaining about her on-air view.
“I am a Holocaust survivor in NYC,” tweeted Lucy Lipiner. “I might be 88-years-old but I have the energy to come on your show and talk to @WhoopiGoldberg and all the girls about the Holocaust.” She added they could have a meaningful conversation and heal all wounds.
“DM me,” she concluded.
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