Whoopi Goldberg doubles down on controversial Holocaust claims: It was “not originally” about race

Whoopi Goldberg hasn’t given up on her unpopular views on the Holocaust, despite getting her suspended from ABC’s “The View” earlier this year.

In a new interview with British newspaper The Times, the actress and daytime talk show co-host doubled down on her opinion that the Nazis did not initially target Jews based on race during the Holocaust.

During the discussion, Goldberg also insisted that the Nazis targeted people of African descent as well as the Jews because they were physically different. She even suggested that Jews had an easier time mixing with white people and hiding from the Nazis than blacks.

‘THE VIEW’ HOST WHOOPI GOLDBERG CLAIMS HOLOCAUST WASN’T ABOUT RACE: ‘THESE ARE TWO WHITE GROUPS’

Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of

Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of ‘Till’ during the 60th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 1, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for FLC)
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In her write-up of the interview, Times columnist Janice Turner stated, “Even now she doesn’t understand why her statements offend. She insists that Jews themselves are divided about whether they are a race or a religion.”

Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, waded into the subject after explaining that the stage name Whoopi Goldberg comes from a “distant Jewish ancestor.” She then began to speak candidly about her perspective on the Jewish experience.

She told Turner, “My best friend said, ‘Not for nothing is there no box on the census for the Jewish race. So that makes me think we’re probably not a race’.”

Turner told readers that she pushed Goldberg back in the interview: “But the point here, I say, is [the] Nazis saw Jews as a race.”

Whoopi countered, saying, “Yeah, but it’s the killer, isn’t it? The oppressor tells you what you are. Why do you believe them? They’re Nazis. Why do they believe what they say?”

Turner responded with the question, “But since the Nazis developed racial laws specifically targeting Jews, wasn’t the Holocaust about race?” Although the actress responded saying, “It wasn’t originally.”

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ABC's 'The View' hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar have repeatedly had to apologize on air after sparking outrage with their comments

ABC’s ‘The View’ hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar have repeatedly had to apologize on air after sparking outrage with their comments
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She continued: “Remember who they killed first. They didn’t kill racially; they killed physically. They killed people they considered mentally defective. And then they made this decision.”

The Times interview debate did not end there. Turner said, “But the Nazis measured the heads and noses of Jews to ‘prove’ they were a distinct race,” but Goldberg replied, “They did that to black people, too. But that doesn’t change the fact that you couldn’t tell a Jew on a street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them.”

Referring to her controversial comments on “The View,” Goldberg told Turner, “that was the point I was making. But you’d think I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, naked.”

Whoopi made the like comments during an episode of the ABC daytime talk show “The View” in February, where she insisted to her stunned co-hosts that the Holocaust “isn’t about race.”

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At the time, co-host Joy Behar asked, “What’s that all about?” to which Goldberg replied, “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about.” Co-host Ana Navarro pushed back, stating, “But it’s about white supremacy going after Jews and gypsies,” though Goldberg insisted, “But these are two white groups of people.”

After the episode, ABC News president Kim Godwin suspended Goldberg from the show for two weeks.

Whoopi Goldberg speaks during the WorldPride 2019 opening ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, the United States, on June 26, 2019.

Whoopi Goldberg speaks during the WorldPride 2019 opening ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, the United States, on June 26, 2019.
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