Whoopi Goldberg under fire again for controversial remarks about race and the Holocaust

Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” was harshly criticized and even suspended for two weeks in February when she controversially claimed that the Holocaust wasn’t a “racial” thing but rather that the genocidal oppression of Jews by Nazis was akin to “white on white violence.”

Goldberg appeared to have recently doubled down on and reiterated that controversial and broadly discredited viewpoint, and is now facing a growing backlash and renewed calls for her to be suspended again or even fired by ABC, Breitbart reported.

For what it is worth, Goldberg has since issued yet another apology for her remarks and insisted that she wasn’t trying to make the same point that previously earned her so much trouble, but it seems unlikely that her statement will suffice to quell the demand that she face consequences.

What did she say this time?

In an interview last week with the U.K.’s The Sunday Times, Goldberg was asked about the prior controversial remarks about the Holocaust that got her suspended, but in doing so she once again seemed to imply that race hadn’t really been a factor in the Nazi’s genocidal oppression of Jews.

She expressed her belief that the Holocaust “wasn’t originally about race,” and said, “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.”

The Times reporter noted that the Nazis very much considered Jews to be a separate race and even devised measurements of body parts to prove it, but Goldberg fired back, “They did that to Black people too. But it doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them.”

That interview quite predictably sparked a renewed round of sharp criticism and outcry against her, which in turn prompted the release of yet another apologetic and explanatory statement.

Another apology statement

According to Entertainment Tonight, Goldberg said in her statement, “Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and attempted to recount that time.”

“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,” she continued. “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,” Goldberg added. “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.”

ET noted that this latest statement of apology bore striking similarities to Goldberg’s first apology back in February when she had first uttered her controversial take on race and the Holocaust during an episode of “The View.”

At that time, just prior to her two-week suspension, the celebrity comedian said she “misspoke” and claimed that the Holocaust “is indeed about race” due to the fact that “Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jews to be an inferior race. Now, words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people, as they know and y’all know, because I’ve always done that.”

Demands for ABC to suspend or fire Goldberg

Prior and present apologies aside, Breitbart reported separately that there has been a substantial and growing backlash to Goldberg’s commentary on social media and provided several examples of insistent calls upon ABC to immediately suspend or fire the co-host of “The View.”

Whether or not ABC heeds those calls to take action against Goldberg remains to be seen, but one thing seems pretty clear — despite her claims once again to understand that race was an essential factor in the Holocaust, her repeated dismissal of that factor in the horrific genocide of Jews would strongly suggest otherwise.

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