The View’s Whoopi Goldberg apologizes after receiving criticism about comments about the Holocaust not being about race.
As a lead moderator on the popular ABC talk show, Goldberg claimed during a discussion about a Tennessee school district voting to pull Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, which is about the Holocaust, due to “inappropriate language” and nudity.
“Let’s be truthful about it because Holocaust isn’t about race,” Goldberg said. “It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
“But these are two white groups of people!” Goldberg said. “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. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or white, Jews, it’s each other.”
The Anti-Defamation League, led by CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, while others on social media have followed in with immediate backlash.
“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,” Greenblatt shared with his almost 320,000 followers.
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The official Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account messaged Goldberg with an online course about the Holocaust.
American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris tweeted: “Whoopi Goldberg absurdly claims the #Holocaust ‘isn’t about race.’ Nazi Germany considered all Jews a ‘subhuman race.’ That’s why they wanted to exterminate the entire Jewish people, including my family, & almost succeeded. Please rethink & apologize.”
Later that evening, Jan. 31, Goldberg issued an apology via Twitter and press release, writing, “I’m sorry for the hurt that I have caused.” She also reiterated, “The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver.”