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After steadfastly proclaiming that the Holocaust wasn’t about race and getting summarily hammered for it on social media, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg hastily backtracked and apologized Monday evening for outrageously minimizing the racist atrocity.
The mischaracterization of the genocide took place during a segment discussing a Tennessee school board’s removal of the Holocaust graphic novel Maus from its eighth-grade curriculum. The board cited nudity and profanity as the reason for banning the book, which has won a number of literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. Co-host Sunny Hostin leveled an accusation at the membership of the board, charging them with “banning discussions about race.”
That was when Goldberg voiced her skewed take on the Holocaust. Co-host Joy Behar responded that the Nazis considered Jews to be a different race, while co-host Ana Navarro claimed that the Holocaust was “about white supremacy” with the Nazis killing both Jewish and Roma people. Sara Haines contended that the Nazis did not consider Jews to be white.
“I’m surprised that’s what made you uncomfortable, the fact that there was some nudity. I mean, it’s about the Holocaust, the killing of six million people, but that didn’t bother you? If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it. Because the Holocaust isn’t about race,” Goldberg asserted referring to the school board’s banning of the book Maus.
“No, it’s not about race,” she continued as the panel went back and forth over her take. “It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about,” she remarked.
Whoopi Goldberg explaining that the Holocaust wasn't about race because these were "two groups of white people" isn't just insipid, it's insidious. It's downplaying the minority status of Jews in order to uphold bullshit intersectional arguments that justify anti-Semitism today.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 31, 2022
After getting slammed for her remarks, Goldberg doubled down, digging her hole even deeper.
“These are two white groups of people,” she remarked. “Let’s talk about it for what it is, it’s how people treat each other. That’s the problem. It doesn’t matter if you are black or white, because black, white, Jews, Italians, everybody eats each other.”
That’s a curious take considering Hitler pushed his Master Race to eradicate the entire Jewish population.
“Racism was central to Nazi ideology,” the U.S. Holocaust Museum tweeted shortly after Goldberg’s comments began going viral. “Jews were not defined by religion, but by race. Nazi racist beliefs fueled genocide and mass murder.”
Racism was central to Nazi ideology. Jews were not defined by religion, but by race. Nazi racist beliefs fueled genocide and mass murder. Learn more: https://t.co/GKmxkKppOm
— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) January 31, 2022
Jonathan Greenblatt, who is the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, also condemned Goldberg’s remarks, tweeting: “No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race,” he argued. “They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous.”
No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race. They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous. #ENOUGH https://t.co/koS1kuspqV
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) January 31, 2022
Further massive backlash ensued and Goldberg eventually issued an apology via Twitter: “On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.’ I should have said it is about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s [sic] systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected.”
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver [sic]. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused,” she stated. “Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg.”
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
Many on Twitter considered Goldberg’s comments insensitive and ignorant:
Whoopi Goldberg attempts to “All Lives Matter” … the Holocaust https://t.co/4Uf4BPh9wl
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 31, 2022
Dear Whoopi Goldberg,
If the Holocaust wasn't about race why did the "master race" murder six million European Jews?
— Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) January 31, 2022
Shame on Whoopi Goldberg, apparently she could use some education on the Holocaust.
Hitler’s entire propaganda machine spewed the message that Jews were an inferior race to Germans who were a pure “Aryan race.” And then they murdered six million Jews based on this belief. https://t.co/U3U5nGTRPP
— Ellie Cohanim (@elliecohanim) January 31, 2022
This clip of Whoopi Goldberg saying that the Holocaust was not about race is a great reminder that there have only been two Jewish co-hosts in the 25-year history of @TheView, and none since 2016. pic.twitter.com/ZlHBetzTfI
— Melissa Weiss (@melissaeweiss) January 31, 2022
The Holocaust was driven by multiple factors, and there is no doubt that one of them was Nazi racism against Jews. Nazis back then and white supremacists today consider Jews to be a different and inferior race. pic.twitter.com/6amJ2AP4JI
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) January 31, 2022
I love Whoopi Goldberg, but the Holocaust wasn’t just two white groups fighting and saying that is a really bad take. It was white supremacists doing eugenics to Jews, people of color, queer people, disabled people, and Roma.
— Sheryl Ring, antipoverty lawyer (@Ring_Sheryl) January 31, 2022
WTF? This is insane. The extermination of 6 million Jews wasn’t about race???
Will any rock stars or renegade royals now boycott Whoopi Goldberg and/or ABC for this dangerous misinformation? https://t.co/KWlYGp91o7
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 31, 2022
Whoopi’s characterization of the Holocaust as being between “two groups of white people” is further evidence that many Americans are incapable of understanding race and racism through any prism other than theirs.
— Isaac de Castro (@isaacdecastrog) January 31, 2022
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