Last February, Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from her role as a talk show host on The View after claiming that the Holocaust was prompted by white-on-white violence rather than racial discrimination. Goldberg’s contract as host with ABC nets her $8 million each year. The actress re-iterated her mistaken idea that the Jewish people were not a race because they could not be physically identified the way she could as a black woman.
The conversation initially began during a group discussion on The View regarding a Tennessee school board banning a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Nazi atrocities faced by the author’s parents. The book is used by schools across the country.
Goldberg launched into her perspective on racism during the conversation, saying,
“Let’s be truthful about it’ the Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about.”
Although her Co-hosts all disagreed with her, Goldberg was unwilling to relent on her position.
“These are two white groups of people. You are missing the point. 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,” she said.
Her apology from January 2022 following her statements was posted on Twitter. She backtracked in her apology, sharing that Johnathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared that the Holocaust was “about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race.” She continued, “I stand corrected.”
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support, and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I’ve caused.”
However, Goldberg seems to have changed her mind following her apology resulting from Greenblatt’s instruction. While promoting a new film, she again reiterated that she believed the mass killing of Jewish people during the Holocaust was not because of racism. She defended her view by pointing out that Nazis also killed those with handicaps,
‘Remember who they were killing first. They were not killing racial; they were killing physical. They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective. And then they made this decision.’
Goldberg made a nonsensical argument saying Nazis are killers who should not be believed, ‘The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?’
In an interview with Steven Colbert last Spring, Goldberg discussed her inflammatory comments saying ‘So I said I thought the Holocaust wasn’t about race. And it made people very angry. I’m getting a lot of mail from folks and a lot of anger.
‘But I thought it was a salient discussion because, as a black person, I think of race as being something that I can see.’
Goldberg’s renewed sentiments regarding the Holocaust have brought a Twitter storm of anger as well as calls for ABC to fire her from The View.
Elder of Ziyon tweeted, “Whoopi Goldberg thinks Nazis couldn’t distinguish a Jew from a German on the street. Yes, Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.”
Yes, Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot. pic.twitter.com/aNSPtBT4hE
— Elder of Ziyon 🇮🇱 (@elderofziyon) December 25, 2022