On Monday, Whoopi Goldberg started to trend following the latest episode of “The View.” On the show, the ladies discussed a Tennessee school district’s decision to ban the book “Maus,” which covers the story of a Holocaust survivor. According to CNN, the school district listed “rough, objectionable language” and a drawing of a nude woman, as the reason for banning the book.
While the ladies discussed the school district’s decision to ban the book, Whoopi shared that she was surprised that nudity was an issue factor and not the actual Holocaust. Joy Behar mentioned that she believes their reason for banning the book because of nudity was a “canard to throw you off from the fact that they don’t like history that makes White people look bad.”
The conversation shifted to schools making an effort to ban troublesome parts of history to avoid the conversations of race and racism. Whoopi then proceeded to say, “If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it because the Holocaust isn’t about race.” She continued to say that it was about man’s inhumanity to man.
After some people expressed their disappointment in Whoopi’s comment, she issued an apology late Monday.
In a statement posted to her Twitter page, Whoopi said, “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 quoted Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, and continued, “The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people–who they deemed to be an inferior race.”
Whoopi concluded, “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.”
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
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