Whoopi Goldberg Issues Groveling Apology after Backlash, Falls Flat: ‘I’m Still Learning a Lot’

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg has issued a groveling apology after facing massive backlash for doubling down on her earlier holocaust slur.

Goldberg said to the Sunday Times of London in an interview about the Holocaust:

“It wasn’t originally about race.

“Remember who they were killing first.

“They were not killing racial; they were killing physical.

“They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective.

“And then they made this decision.”

Interviewer Janice Turner wasn’t buying it and told Goldberg that the Nazis considered Jews a race.

Goldberg then said it was wrong to use their definition.

“The oppressor is telling you what you are,” Goldberg said.

“Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis.

“Why believe what they’re saying?

“It doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street.

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“You could find me. You couldn’t find them.

“That was the point I was making.

“But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked.”

Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL said: “Yet again, #WhoopiGoldberg’s comments about the Holocaust and race are deeply offensive and incredibly ignorant.

“When she made similar comments earlier this year, we explained how the Nazi regime was inherently racist.

“The Nazis set out to exterminate the Jewish people, whom they viewed as inferior to the mythical ‘Aryan master race.’

“They used pseudo-scientific theories of race to justify their anti-Jewish ‘race laws’ and systemic slaughter of millions.

“It’s no coincidence that white supremacists in the US today echo the Nazis’ ‘master race’ claim as they spread their antisemitic and racist hate.

“Additionally, Whoopi’s comments show a complete lack of awareness of the multiethnic, multiracial makeup of the Jewish community.

“She needs to apologize immediately and actually commit to educating herself on the true nature of #antisemitism.”

Goldberg said after the backlash:

“It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in.

“I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me.

“I believe that the Holocaust was about race, and I am still as sorry now as I was then that I upset, hurt and angered people.

“My sincere apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was a fresh rehash of the subject.

“I promise it was not.

“In this time of rising antisemitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I always stood with the Jewish people and always will.

“My support for them has not wavered and never will,” she said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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