Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for claims Holocaust wasn’t about race

Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for claims Holocaust wasn't about race

Whoopi Goldberg issued an apology for saying that the Holocaust was “not about race” on the show Monday morning.

“The View” co-host attempted to quell the outrage over her remarks by posting a tweet that offered her “sincerest apologies.”

“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,” Goldberg said in a statement Monday night.

“As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s 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. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.

“Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg.”

Two books of the graphic novel "Maus" by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman.
Goldberg’s comments came during a discussion about how a Tennessee school district banned the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Holocaust novel “Maus.”

Goldberg argued that the Holocaust went beyond race during a discussion about a Tennessee school district’s decision to ban the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus,” about a Holocaust survivor.

“The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race,” Goldberg, 66, said repeatedly. “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.” 

Co-host Ana Navarro quickly disagreed, interrupting Goldberg and insisting “it’s about white supremacy. That’s what it’s about. It’s about going after Jews and Gypsies.”

Whoopie on the View
As her other hosts argued against her points, Goldberg insisted that the genocide was between “two groups of white people.”

“But these are two groups of white people,” Goldberg shot back. “You’re 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. It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white because black, white, Jews, Italians, everybody eats each other.”

Many of the hosts talked over each other during the turbulent discussion, which awkwardly and abruptly ended when Goldberg, while everyone else was still speaking, turned to the camera to declare it time for a commercial break.

Goldberg received immediate backlash as a result of her comments, including from Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, whom Goldberg acknowledged in her apology.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of Anti-Defamation League (ADL), speaks at the announcement of a civil lawsuit filed by the District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General against the Proud Boys.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt criticized Goldberg’s comments on Twitter, stating that the Germans deemed Jewish people to be an inferior race.
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“No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race,” he tweeted. They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous. #ENOUGH

Liora Rez, executive director of watchdog group StopAntisemitism, called Goldberg’s comments “reprehensible.”

“I am the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors on both sides of my family. To say that the Holocaust was not about race when everything the Nazis did was to ensure the purity of the Aryan race is blatantly untrue, and it is reprehensible,” said Rez. “Six million Jews were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race. For Goldberg to minimize our trauma and suffering by claiming we are from a privileged class is the epitome of whitewashing and gaslighting Jews, and it needs to stop.”

A group of Jewish civilians being held at gunpoint by German SS troops.
Goldberg extended her “sincerest apologies” after Jewish leaders criticized her remarks on The View.
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Greenblatt thanked Goldberg for her apology in another tweet Monday night.

“Thanks @WhoopiGoldberg for correcting your prior statement and acknowledging the #Holocaust for what it was,” he wrote. “As #antisemitism surges to historic levels, I hope we can work together to combat ignorance of that horrific crime and the hate that threatens all.”

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