Whoopi in Holocaust race row
Star apologises for genocide blunder
WHOOPI Goldberg has offered her “sincerest apologies” after sparking outrage by saying the Holocaust “isn’t about race”.
The actress, 66, said on a US talk show the Nazi genocide of six million Jews could not be called racism as it was not based on skin colour.
She told ABC’s The View: “Let’s be truthful, the Holocaust isn’t about race, it’s not. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about. These are two groups of white people.”
Hollywood star Goldberg, who co-hosts the show, continued: “Let’s talk about it for what it really is. It’s about how people treat each other.
“It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Jews… everybody eats each other.”
She made the comments during a discussion about a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel, Maus.
Whoopi sparked further fury on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert by saying: “When you talk about being a racist, you can’t call this racism. This was evil. This wasn’t based on skin. You couldn’t tell who was Jewish. You had to delve deeply and figure it out. My point is, they had to do the work.
“If the Klan is coming down the street and I’m standing with a Jewish friend, I’m going to run, but if my friend decides not to run, they’ll get passed by most times because you can’t tell who is Jewish.”
Her comments were condemned by activists online as “dangerous” following the show’s broadcast.
But later in a statement, the star tweeted: “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.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waver. I am sorry for the hurt I have caused.”
StopAntisemitism.org wrote: “Newsflash Whoopi Goldberg six million of us were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race by the Nazis.”