Whoopi Goldberg, comedian and actress and co-host of the ABC talk show “The View,” said several times during an episode of Monday’s broadcast that the Holocaust is not about race, the The commentary comes at a time of rising anti-Semitism globally. She later apologized.
In episodeMs. Goldberg said that the Holocaust was about “human inhumanity to man” and “not about race”. When one of the co-hosts countered that assertion, saying the Holocaust was motivated by white supremacy, Ms. Goldberg said: “But these are two groups of white people.”
She added, “This is white people doing it to white people, so you’re all going to fight each other.” As she continued to speak, music played, signaling an advertisement.
During World War II, with its policy of mass extermination, Nazi Germany killed six million Jews – about a third of the world’s Jewish population at the time – on the pretext that they were a inferior race.
After her comments led to widespread criticism, Ms. Goldberg apologized. “Jews around the world have always supported me,” she said in a statement Posted on monday night. “I’m sorry for the hurt I’ve caused.”
During an appearance on “The Late Show” by Stephen Colbert On Monday, Ms. Goldberg explained that, as a Black person, she thinks racism is based on skin color but she realizes that not everyone sees it that way. “I get it. People are very angry,” she said. “I accept that, and I did it to myself.”
Jewish groups say Ms Goldberg’s comments are dangerous and are the latest example of growing ignorance about Nazi genocide. The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, wrote on Twitter of Nazi Germany: “They dehumanized and used this racist propaganda to justify the slaughter of 6 million Jews,” he said. “Holocaust distortion is very dangerous.”
Meghan McCain, a former co-host of “The View,” said on Twitter on Monday that anti-Semitism is “a poison that is increasingly justified in our culture and television – and pervades in spaces that would shock us all.”
Based on a 2014 report by the Anti-Defamation League, more than a billion people globally hold opposing views. More than a third of people in the 102 countries polled had never heard of the Holocaust, the report found.
According to research by the Worldwide Anti-Defamation League, Jewish communities around the world have shown an increase in protests every year. That feeling is evident in Europe, where 89% of Jews feel that anti-Semitism in their country has increased between 2013 and 2018, according to a 2018 European Union survey of about 16,500 Jews. The survey also found that 40% of European Jews are worried about being attacked, and across the 12 EU countries where Jews have lived for centuries, more than a third said they were considering emigrated because they no longer felt as safe as the Jews.
Last month, The United Nations passed a resolution that condemns denial and distortion of the Holocaust. Mrs. Goldberg’s comments were also made a few weeks later A gunman took several people hostage at a synagogue in Texas in 11 hours.
David Baddiel, a British comedian and author of the book “Jews Don’t Count,” said in an interview that anti-Semitism has very little to do with religion itself – descendants Jews who had converted to Christianity were also killed during the Holocaust because they were considered members of the Jewish race.
“If you are a race, a people, like the Jews, that have suffered persecution for many, many centuries, mainly because it happened to who you are, it happened to your parents. who are, who are your ancestors, that’s racist,” said Mr Baddiel.
“There are no words for this.”
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