American actress, comedian Whoopi Goldberg
has apologised for saying that the Holocaust was not about race. Her comment triggered
a controversy. She received backlash too.
She made the comment on ABC’s ‘’The
View”’ programme on Monday morning. Her apology came in a tweet hours
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is
not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.’ I should have said it is
about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The
Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people —
who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected,” Goldberg said.
“The Jewish people around the world
have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I
have caused. Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg,” she
On Monday, in a chat show on “The View”
Goldberg sparked an uproar. She claimed that “the Holocaust isn’t about race,”
but rather about “man’s inhumanity to man.”
The panel was discussing a Tennessee school
board’s removal of the Holocaust book “Maus” from its curriculum earlier this
month. All five co-hosts opposed the board’s decision, saying that the
acclaimed graphic memoir should be taught in classrooms; but Goldberg differed
strongly from her colleagues on the question of exactly why the Holocaust
should be taught to students.
“If you’re going to do this, then let’s be
truthful about it,” Goldberg said, before elaborating that “these [Jews and
Nazis] are two white groups of people.”
Co-host Joy Behar objected, arguing that
Nazis “considered Jews a different race.” Guest co-host Ana Navarro asserted
that “it’s about white supremacy, it’s about going after Jews and Gypsies.” But
Goldberg continued to speak.
“The minute you turn it into race, you go
down this alley,” she continued, as the show’s producers began playing music as
a cue to cut to commercials.
(Edited with AP inputs)