Whoopi Goldberg apologizes after she’s pummeled from all sides for insisting Holocaust was ‘not about race’

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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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

Many on Twitter considered Goldberg’s comments insensitive and ignorant:


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