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Whoopi Goldberg claimed on Monday that the Holocaust ‘was not about race’ because it involved ‘two groups of white people’ and instead was an example of ‘man’s inhumanity to man’.
Goldberg made the astonishing comments on The View, the ABC show. It stunned her colleagues and sparked outrage among viewers.
The panel had been discussing a Tennessee school removing the comic Maus from its curriculum because it contained nudity.
Whoopi started off by saying: ‘Personally I am shocked because given the story of Maus I am surprised that that’s what made you uncomfortable.
‘It’s about the Holocaust, the killing of 6million people, but that didn’t bother you. This is white people doing it to white people so y’all go fight amongst yourselves but…’
Later, she carried on: ‘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.’
Co-hosts Ana Navarro, Joy Behar and Sarah Haines all argued back but she continued: ‘But 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.’
Among those to have condemned her comments is Stop Antisemitism, a non-profit organization which tweeted: ‘Newsflash @WhoopiGoldberg. 6 million of us were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race by the Nazis. How dare you minimize our trauma and suffering!’
The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland tweeted the TV star with a link to a history of the Holocaust.
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Whoopi Goldberg sparked outrage by claiming on The View that the Holocaust was ‘not about race’ because it’s ‘two white groups of people’.
‘@WhoopiGoldberg, Holocaust – the destruction of European Jews.
‘A seven-chapter online course about the history of the Holocaust. Links to all chapters below in the tweet.’
Navarro pointed out to her how the Nazis persecuted Jews and ‘Gypsies’, targeting t them as white supremacists.
Haines tried to point out that Nazis didn’t consider Jews ‘white’ but it did not resonate with Goldberg.
There was immediate backlash on Twitter.
”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?’ tweeted Piers Morgan.
Meghan McCain, a former View co-host who left the show last year after feeling marginalized for her Conservative views, tweeted: ‘Antisemitism is a cancer and a poison that is increasingly excused in our culture and television – and permeates spaces that should shock us all.’
Survivor children in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau after the liberation, 1945. Godlberg said it wasn’t an act of racism because it involved two white groups
Goldberg’s co-host Ana Navarro tried to argue with her that the Holocaust was about race, but Whoopi spoke over her
Sarah Haines tried to point out that the Nazis considered themselves the superior race over Jews, but Goldberg did not take her point on-board
Michael Rappaport filmed a video of himself railing against Goldberg.
‘Whoopi Goldberg, love you big fan – you went on your show and said the Holocaust wasn’t about race.
‘Yes it f*****g was! It was all and only about race! It was about “kill the Jews. They’re not white, they’re Jewish.”
‘That’s like saying slavery wasn’t about race. You need to apologize. You need to explain yourself. Not good, not cool.’
ABC declined to comment on Monday afternoon.