Whoopi Goldberg hasn’t given up on her unpopular views on the Holocaust, despite being suspended from ABC’s The View earlier this year.
In a new interview with British newspaper The Times, the actress and co-host of the daytime talk show reiterated her belief that the Nazis did not originally target Jews because of their race during the Holocaust.
During the discussion, Goldberg also insisted that the Nazis targeted both people of African descent and Jews because they were physically different. She even suggested that Jews found it easier to blend in with whites and hide from the Nazis than blacks.
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Drafting the interview, Times columnist Janice Turner stated, “Even now, she doesn’t understand why her comments were offensive.
Goldberg, whose original name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, chimed in after explaining that her stage name, Whoopi Goldberg, comes from a “distant Jewish ancestor.” Then she began to speak openly about her perspective on the Jewish experience.
She told Turner, “My best friend said, ‘It’s not for nothing that there’s no box for the Jewish race in the census. That makes me think we’re probably not a race.’”
Turner told readers that she pushed back on Goldberg in the interview: “But the point here, I say, is [the] The Nazis saw the Jews as a race.”
Whoopi countered, saying, “Yeah, but that’s the killer, isn’t it? The oppressor tells you what you are. why do you believe them They are Nazis. Why believe what they say?”
Turner responded by asking, “But since the Nazis enacted racial laws specifically for Jews, wasn’t the Holocaust about race?” Though the actress responded, saying, “It originally wasn’t.”
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She continued: “Remember who they killed first. They didn’t kill racially, they killed physically. They killed people they thought were mentally retarded. And then they made that decision.”
The Times interview debate did not end there. Turner said, “But the Nazis measured the heads and noses of Jews to ‘prove’ they were a distinct race,” but Goldberg replied, “They did that to blacks too. But it doesn’t change the fact that you couldn’t tell a Jew on the street. you could find me You couldn’t find her.”
Referring to her controversial comments on The View, Goldberg told Turner, “That was the point I was getting at.
Whoopi made similar Remarks during an episode of ABC talk show The View in February, in which she insisted to her stunned co-hosts that the Holocaust “is not about race.”
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At the time, co-host Joy Behar asked, “What’s the point?” to which Goldberg replied, “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about.” Co-host Ana Navarro pushed back, stating, “But it’s about a white supremacist who is persecuting Jews and Gypsies,” though Goldberg insisted, “But these are two white groups of people.”
Following the episode, ABC News President Kim Godwin suspended Goldberg from the show for two weeks.