Whoopi Goldberg's Attempts to Justify Claims the 'Holocaust Wasn't Racist' Backfire
Talk show host flip flops on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Race-baiting talk show host Whoopi Goldberg faced backlash after she failed to stick to her apology for claiming the “Holocaust isn’t about race” during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday.
Goldberg said she ‘got’ why her comments about the Holocaust had angered people but then attempted to explain her logic.
“I feel, being black, when we talk about race it’s a very different thing to me,” she began.
“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,” she said.
“But I thought it was a salient discussion because as a black person I think of race as being something that I can see,” she added.
The actor’s appearance came just hours after she apologized for her comments earlier that day.
“The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people -- who they deemed to be an inferior race. I stand corrected,” she tweeted.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused,” she said.
Goldberg then revised her contention about the Holocaust comments that landed her in hot water.
“When you talk about being a racist, you can’t call this racism,” she said.
“This was evil.”
“This wasn’t based on skin. You couldn’t tell who was Jewish,” she said.
“You had to delve deeply and figure it out,” she said.
“My point is: they had to do the work.”
“If the Klan is coming down the street and I’m standing with a Jewish friend: I’m going to run.”
“But if my friend decides not to run, they’ll get passed by most times,” she said.
“Because you can’t tell who is Jewish. You don’t know.”
Goldberg admitted she had received plenty of criticism over her remarks.
“It upset a lot of people, which was never ever my intention,” Goldberg said.
“People were very angry, and said no, we are a race.”
“And I understand,” she said.
“I felt differently. I respect everything everyone is saying to me,” she said.
“I don’t want to fake apologize.”
“I am very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying.”
“And because of it they are saying I am anti-Semitic, and denying the Holocaust, and all these other things that would never occur to me to do. I thought we were having a discussion about race, which everyone is having.”
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Goldberg’s comments cam during a panel discussion with her View co-hosts over a Tennessee school board banning Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus.
The book, written by Art Spiegelman, details the atrocities his parents faced under the Nazis, which has been an ‘anchor text’ in the curriculum used by schools all around the country.
“Let’s be truthful about it,” she said.
“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,” she said.
Despite receiving backlash from co-hosts Ana Navarro, Joy Behar and Sarah Haines, Goldberg stood firm with her remarks.
“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,” Goldberg said.
The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland tweeted a link to a history of the Holocaust.
“@WhoopiGoldberg, Holocaust - the destruction of European Jews.”
@WhoopiGoldberg ‘Holocaust–the destruction of European Jews’— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 31, 2022
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