ABC producer Whoopi Goldberg made such comments on Saturday, less than a year after she was demoted from anchoring “The View” due to remarks regarding the Holocaust.
Goldberg, who has no Jewish ancestry despite having a name that sounds Jewish, asserted that the Holocaust had nothing to do with race.
In a conversation with the London-based Sunday Times, Goldberg asserted that the Holocaust was “white on white” murder without considering race.
“Keep in mind who they killed first. They were murdering physically rather than racially. They were murdering those they deemed to have mental defects. Then they decided to do this,” she stated.
Yes, but isn’t that the murderer, the interviewer asked when he brought up how the Nazis saw their victims as inferior races? ”
Why do you believe them? she asked. “The oppressor is telling you what you are. They are Nazis. Why should we believe what they say? ”
The Holocaust “isn’t about race,” according to Goldberg, who said on an ABC talk show in January, but rather about “man’s inhumanity to man.”
Goldberg stated, “These [Jews and Nazis] are two white groups of people,” before adding, “If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it.
“Goldberg later admitted in a statement that her comment was incorrect.
I should have clarified it was about both when I said the Holocaust “is not about race but about man’s inhumanity to man” on today’s show, she tweeted.
I stand corrected: According to Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League, “The Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systematic elimination of the Jewish people — who they believed to be a lower race.
“I have always supported the Jewish people over the world, and I will always do so,” she continued. I apologize for whatever harm I may have brought on.
ABC barred Goldberg from hosting her show for two weeks despite her apology.
Despite not having Jewish lineage, Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, chose to purposely give her stage name a Jewish sound because she strongly identifies with Judaism.
In 2016, she said to a crowd in London, “I just know I am Jewish. I don’t exercise. I don’t attend to the temple, but I remember the holidays,” she said about the Hanukkah sweater she created for Lord & Taylor in 2016.