Whoopi Goldberg renews incendiary claim that the Holocaust was not about race

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American actress and producer Whoopi Goldberg asserted again on 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 The Sunday Times of London, Goldberg said the Nazi-orchestrated genocide was “white on white” violence, not about race.

“Remember who they were killing first. They weren’t killing racials; they were physically killing. They were killing people they considered to be mentally handicapped. And so they made this decision,” she said.

When the interviewer remarked that the Nazis viewed their victims as inferior races, Goldberg responded, “Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t he?”

“The oppressor is telling you what you are,” she continued. Why are you believing them? They are Nazis. Why believe what they are saying?”

Explaining that Jews are not identifiable as a race, she said: “It doesn’t change the fact that you can’t tell a Jew on the street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I was making. But you would have thought I’d made a big, smelly dump on the table, naked.

Goldberg was promoting her new film, “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 son, 14-year-old Emmett Till, was lynched by white supremacists in Mississippi in 1955.

Goldberg came under fire when she asserted that “the Holocaust is not 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 upfront about it,” Goldberg said, before elaborating that “these [Jews and Nazis] it’s two white groups of people.”

Jewish leaders criticized his opening statement, noting that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler referred to Jews as an inferior race. Goldberg apologized online the night he made the comment and on the next day’s show.

However, ABC News President Kim Godwin told her to sit it out for two weeks.

Goldberg, born Caryn Elaine Johnson, is of no Jewish ancestry but adopted her stage name to deliberately sound Jewish, in part because she said she personally identifies with Judaism. She told a London audience in 2016: “I just know that I am Jewish. I don’t practice anything. I don’t go to the temple, but I remember the holidays.” In 2016, she designed a Hanukkah sweater for Lord & Taylor.

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