On Monday’s episode of ABC’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg sparked outrage by insisting that the Holocaust was “not about race.”
While discussing the recent ban of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus,” about a Holocaust survivor, by a Tennessee school district, Goldberg argued that the genocide was more than racial injustice.
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Whoopi Goldberg, 66, said repeatedly, “The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
Other “View” co-hosts were quick to disagree with political strategist Ana Navarro interrupting her, “Well, it’s about white supremacy. That’s what it’s about. It’s about going after Jews and Gypsies.”
“But these are two groups of white people. You’re missing the point. The minute you turn it into a 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,” retorted Goldberg.
Goldberg continued, “If you hear about ‘Maus,’ should you be worried? Should your child say, ‘Oh my God, I wonder if that’s me’? No. That’s not what they’re going to say. They’re going to say, ‘I don’t want to be like that.’”
Joy Behar mentioned that the Nazis considered Jews to be a “different race” in the brief but tumultuous discussion, in which the co-hosts can at times barely be understood over one another, according to the Daily Beast.
Navarro also emphasized the importance of teaching children about the Holocaust, noting that anti-vaxxers have used the Holocaust to compare Nazis requiring people to wear “Jewish badges” to COVID-19 vaccination mandates requiring people to show their vaccine cards.
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“So it is necessary for kids to learn about the Holocaust,” said Navarro.
While everyone else was still speaking, Goldberg turned to the camera and announced that it was time for a commercial break.
“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.”
Whoopi Goldberg’s comments reinforce how many see Jews and Judaism as simply a concept, a subject of academia or history, not real people with real families and real pasts. We are but a concept or subject of discussion for so many, and that’s it.
— Rabbi Mike Harvey (@RabbiHarvey) January 31, 2022
You all remember when ABC fired Rosanne Barr because of a tweet. So, what is ABC going to do about Whoopi Goldberg and her rhetoric?
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) January 31, 2022
Dear Whoopi Goldberg,
If the Holocaust wasn’t about race why did the “master race” murder six million European Jews?
— Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) January 31, 2022