Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of The View, has caused outrage across social media after stating the Holocaust was “not about race.”
Goldberg and her co-hosts of the ABC talk show were discussing a Tennessee school district’s recent ban of the graphic novel, “Maus,” which is about a Holocaust survivor. Goldberg then made the comment that the genocide was broader than a race-based injustice.
“The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
Goldberg’s co-hosts were quick to rebuttal her repeated statement pointing out the root of the Holocaust was white supremacy. Goldberg dismissed her peers facts by stating it was still just about “two groups of white people.”
“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.”
Even after the major backlash Goldberg received, she continued to double-down on her statement during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She insisted that “the Nazi’s had issues with ethnicity, not with race.”
“As a black person, I think of race as something that I can see. So I see you and I know what race you are… Most of the Nazis were white people and most of the people they were attacking were white people. So to me, I’m thinking, ‘how can you say it’s about race if you are fighting each other?’ This wasn’t — I said — this wasn’t racial. This was about white on white.”
Tony Katz argues it’s entirely about race.
“It was about color of skin-because the color of skin is what made one group of people think they were somehow superior to another group of people. In the conversation of Jews, the Holocaust, and anti-Semitism in general it applies to the conversation of racism because it is a belief that one group of people is inferior to another, not equal.”
Katz continues saying Goldberg is perpetuating the downplay of the Holocaust.
“What Whoopi Goldberg is actually playing in is the very ugly racist canard. She’s playing to the idea that only being black or only having a different skin color can you have this conversation of racism… therefore she takes the Holocaust and denigrates the vision of the Nazi…so it isn’t what it is which was hate of a group of people for the blood that ran through their veins.”
Goldberg has since came out with an apology to the Jewish community admitting she has stand corrected.
Listen to Tony’s full commentary here: