Whoopi Goldberg, the cabaret artist and actress who also co-hosts the ABC talk show “The View”, said several times during an episode of the show that aired Monday that the Holocaust was not about race, remarks that coincide with growing anti-Semitism worldwide. She apologized later.
In the episode, Ms. Goldberg said the Holocaust was about “the inhumanity of man for man” and “not about race.” When one of her co-hosts challenged that assertion, saying the Holocaust was driven by white supremacy, Ms. Goldberg said, “But these are two white groups of people.”
She added, “These are white people doing it to white people, so you guys are going to fight with each other.” As she continued to talk, music came up, indicating a commercial break.
During World War II, the Nazis murdered, under a policy of mass destruction, six million Jews – about a third of the world’s Jewish population at that time – on the grounds that they were an inferior race.
After her remarks drew widespread criticism, Ms. Goldberg apologizes. “The Jewish people around the world have always had my support,” she said in a statement posted on Monday night. “I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused.”
In a performance on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” on Monday, Ms. Goldberg explained that she, as a black person, thinks of racism as based on skin color, but that she realizes that not everyone sees it that way. “I understand it. People are angry,” she said. “I accept that, and I did it myself.”
Jewish groups said Ms. Goldberg’s remarks were dangerous and the latest example of growing ignorance about the Nazi genocide. The General Manager of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, wrote on Twitter of the Nazis: “They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify the slaughter of 6 million Jews,” he said. “Holocaust perversion is dangerous.”
Meghan McCain, a former co-host of “The View”, said on Twitter on Monday that anti-Semitism “was a poison that is increasingly being excused in our culture and television – and penetrating into spaces that should shock us all.”
According to a 2014 report by the Anti-Defamation League, more than one billion people worldwide have anti-Semitic views. More than a third of the people in the 102 countries surveyed had never heard of the Holocaust, the report found.
Jewish communities around the world have reported an increase in annual anti-Semitic incidents, according to research by the Anti-Defamation League. That feeling is expressed in Europe, where 89 percent of Jews felt that anti-Semitism had increased in their countries between 2013 and 2018, according to a 2018 European Union survey among some 16,500 Jewish people. The survey also found that 40 percent of European Jews were worried about being physically attacked, and in 12 EU countries where Jews have lived for centuries, more than a third said they were considering emigrating because they no longer felt safe as Jews.
Last month, the United Nations adopted a resolution condemning Holocaust denial and perversion. Ms. Goldberg’s remarks also came weeks after a gunman held several people hostage in a Texas synagogue for 11 hours.
David Baddiel, a British comedian and author of the book “Jews Do Not Count”, said in an interview that anti-Semitism has little to do with religion itself – descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity were also killed in the Holocaust because they were seen as members of the Jewish race.
“If you are a race, an ethnicity, like Jews, who have persecuted for many, many centuries, especially because that happens to be who you are, it happens to be who you are. you are parents, happens to be who your ancestors are, then that is racism, “Mr. said Baddiel.
“There is no other word for it.”