Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes Amid Backlash For Saying ‘Holocaust Isn’t About Race’

President Barack Obama records an episode of The View at ABC Studios in New York, N.Y., July 28, 2010. Pictured, from left, are Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

“The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg shocked fellow co-hosts when she went on a rant about how the Holocaust was “not about race,” because Jews are “groups of white people.” She apologized the same day.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter.

“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,” she continued. “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,” Goldberg concluded, signing off with her “sincerest apologies.” 

Goldberg went on the tangent earlier in the day, during a segment which addressed a Tennessee school board’s decision to remove Pulitzer Prize winning Holocaust-centered graphic novel, “Maus” from the curriculum over nudity and language. 

“The Holocaust isn’t about race,” Goldberg remarked. Stunned co-host Joy Behar interjected that the Nazi’s “considered Jews a different race,” but Goldberg remained firm. “It’s not about race.” 

“What is it about?” Behar shot back. “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” Goldberg retorted. “That’s what it’s about.”  

Ana Navarro interjected that “it’s about a white supremacy. It’s about going after Jews and Gypsies.” Which Goldberg insisted were “two white groups of people.”

Sara Haines argued that Nazi’s didn’t “see” Jews as “white,” and Goldberg snapped that they were all “missing the point” about her assertion. 

“The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley,” she went on. “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, ’cause black, white, Jews … everybody eats each other.” 

“If you’re uncomfortable if you hear about “Maus,” should you be worried?” Goldberg questioned. “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.” 

Predictictably, Goldberg’s take incensed social media users, some who called for her firing. 

“Dear Whoopi Goldberg, If the Holocaust wasn’t about race why did the “master race” murder six million European Jews?” One commenter tweeted.

The Auschwitz Memorial sent Goldberg the link to a free, seven-chapter online course, ‘Holocaust–the destruction of European Jews,’ which includes a chart of how the Nazi’s divided people by race and determined that only the “racially pure” had four white German grandparents.   

“You all remember when ABC fired Rosanne Barr because of a tweet,” wrote conservative Newsmax hosts Diamond and Silk. “So, what is ABC going to do about Whoopi Goldberg and her rhetoric?”

“WTF? This is insane. The extermination of 6 million Jews wasn’t about race???” Tweeted Piers Morgan. “Will any rock stars or renegade royals now boycott Whoopi Goldberg and/or ABC for this dangerous misinformation?”

“We’re a half step away from Whoopi and rest of the beasts of The View outright denying the holocaust,” wrote comedian Tim Young. 

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