US actress and producer Whoopi Goldberg claimed again Saturday that the Holocaust was not related to race, less than a year after similar comments led to her two-week suspension as host of “The View.”
In an interview with London’s Sunday Times, Goldberg said the Nazi-orchestrated genocide was “white on white” violence, not race-related.
Remember who they were killing first. They weren’t racist killing; They were killing physically. They were killing people they considered mentally ill. Then they made this decision.
When the interviewer points out that the Nazis view their victims as lesser races, Goldberg replies, “Yeah, but that’s the killer, right?”
She continued, “The oppressor tells you who you are.” Why do you believe them? They are Nazis. Why do you believe what they say? “
Explaining that Jews could not be identified as a race, she said, “It doesn’t change the fact that you can’t tell a Jew on the street. You can find me. You can’t find them. That was the point I was making. But you’d think I took a big stinky old dump on table, naked.”
Goldberg was promoting her new movie, “Till,” in which she plays the mother of civil rights activist Mamie Till-Mobley. The film tells the true story of Till-Mobley’s quest for justice after her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, was lynched by white supremacists in Mississippi in 1955.
Goldberg came under fire when she claimed “the Holocaust isn’t about race,” but rather about “man’s inhumanity to man,” during a discussion with co-hosts of “The View” in January.
“If you’re going to do this, let’s be honest about it,” Goldberg said, before elaborating [Jews and Nazis] Two groups of white people.”
Jewish leaders criticized her initial statement, pointing out that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler referred to Jews as an inferior race. Goldberg apologized online the night she made the remark, and on the following day’s show.
However, ABC News president Kim Goodwin asked her to sit out for two weeks.
Goldberg, born Karen Ellen Johnson, has no Jewish ancestry but adopted her stage name to sound deliberately Jewish, in part because she has said she personally identifies with Judaism. “I only know that I am Jewish,” she told a London audience in 2016. “I don’t practice anything. I don’t go to the Temple, but I remember the holidays.” In 2016, she designed the Hanukkah sweater for Lord and Taylor.
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