Skip to comments.Whoopi Goldberg Faces Backlash After Repeating False Holocaust Comments
Posted on 12/27/2022 11:50:15 AM PST by nickcarraway
After Goldberg said the Holocaust "wasn't originally" about race in a new interview published Saturday, Jewish leaders condemned the remarks as historically inaccurate and offensive.
Whoopi Goldberg is facing a fresh round of backlash following her latest historically inaccurate statement about the Holocaust, which she claimed "wasn't originally" about race in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times.
The controversy marks the second time this year that Goldberg, 67, has come under fire for what Jewish leaders and Holocaust experts say are inaccurate and offensive comments about the Nazi-sponsored mass murder of six million European Jews between 1933 and 1945.
Goldberg made the latest remarks in an interview published Saturday, after the reporter said that "Nazis saw Jews as a race," referencing Goldberg's earlier comments from January, in which she claimed the Holocaust was "not about race."
“Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t it?” Goldberg told The Sunday Times reporter. “The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?”
“It wasn’t originally [about race],” Goldberg continued. “Remember who they were killing first. They were not killing racial; they were killing physical. They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective. And then they made this decision.”
When the reporter told Goldberg that "the Nazis measured the heads and noses of Jews to 'prove' they were a distinct race," Goldberg replied: “They did that to Black people too. But it doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I was making. But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked.”
Backlash to and correction of the comments — which come amid rising antisemitism in the U.S. — were swift.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on Monday tweeted a passage from a letter that Adolf Hitler wrote in 1919 — fourteen years before being appointed chancellor of Germany and opening the first concentration camp — stating, "Jews are definitely a race" and calling Jewish people an "alien race, unable and unwilling to sacrifice its racial distinctiveness."
"This text is one of the first major statements made by Hitler with regard to the Jewish question," read the Auschwitz Memorial's tweet accompanying the excerpt.
While the Auschwitz Memorial's tweet did not mention Goldberg by name, several other Jewish leaders used the tweet to call out the inaccuracy of Goldberg's comments.
David Harris, former president of the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy organization, retweeted the Hitler passage and addressed Goldberg, writing: "Stop claiming the Holocaust wasn’t about race. It was all about race."
A Holocaust survivor, Lucy Lipiner, condemned Goldberg's comments in a tweet, writing that she "continues to use the Holocaust as her punching bag." "We told her that her comments harm us and she simply doesn't care," Lipiner wrote, referencing Goldberg's comments on "The View" in January.
Those earlier comments led ABC News to suspend Goldberg for two weeks, with president Kim Godwin calling the comments “wrong and hurtful.” Goldberg apologized for those comments within hours.
Goldberg's representative and a spokesperson for "The View" did not immediately return requests for comment on Monday afternoon.
Rep. Ritchie Torres, a Democrat from New York, wrote in a tweet linking to a news story about Goldberg's most recent comments: "Antisemitism is anti-Jewish racism. Period. Claiming the Holocaust had nothing to do with racism is historical revisionism at its worst."
Goldberg gave the interview to The Sunday Times following her appearance in “Till” — the recent film about the brutal abduction and killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till by two white men — in which she portrays Emmett’s grandmother, Alma Carthan. Goldberg was also a producer of the film.
The holocaust was about race, the jews are not a race.
Saving folks time.
As I want to know how a Fuentes became a white supremacist?
Something that I have yet seen asked or answered-I sense that I am missing something.
Karen (her real name) is saying only blacks can be victims.
None of the stories mention the eugenics movement and Darwinism leading to the Nazi Holocaust.
It's a free country.
Hannity’s good friend - and he continues to defend her on this very issue.
Hannity = Acting
ABC continues to employ a high school dropout as an on air talent. This is the logical result of that.
Most high school dropouts are that stupid.
Easy to be an anti-smite when you’ve never worked a day in your life. I’ll give the Jews this, they work their asses off.
You can’t fix stupid
He’s white, as Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race.
I don’t anything about his beliefs mind you.
I don’t know ...
For example: Samuel Bankman-Fried, and Volodomyr Zelenskyyyyyy.
Most high school dropouts are not that stupid.
Well, whatever you think, Hitler thought they were a race. If someone was Christian, but their grandparents were Jewish, they ere still considered Jewish by the Nazis, so it wasn’t just about religion.
Good thing Sammy Davis Jr. didn’t grow in Nazi Germany.
Not a chance that she will be fired, suspended from all social media, blackballed so she won’t be able to find a job, and her brand boycotted.
Won’t happen. She has two very powerful free passes that allow her to get away with anything.
Well Whoopi is an idiot like the other cackling hens on the View, but technically she is right that Jews are not a separate race even if Hitler claimed they were. I don’t see the point in continuing to argue with her over this as it solves nothing and will just have negative effects on black/Jewish relations. There’s already tension between these groups as blacks see Jews as holding privilege and power well above them, and resent it when Jews claim themselves as the ultimate victims suffering the same level of persecution as blacks did.
Hitler wanted every race of people he deemed as unfit eliminated, so they would no longer taint the blood of the German people, in order to achieve the Aryan race, or master race that he envisioned. That included black Germans, most of which had settled in Germany after WWI. Germany had African colonies during the war, and blacks from those colonies fought for Germany. They were called Schutztruppe. When Hitler came to power, they, and their families were treated as badly as the Jews, and other racial groups.
If one of your great-grandparents was a Jew, that was enough to be sent to the death camps.
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