Whoopi Goldberg Suspended by ABC After Doubling Down on Antisemitic Comments – Opinion

Per RedState’s original report on the matter, Whoopi Goldberg found herself in hot water the last couple of days for an antisemitic rant she gave on The View. The longtime co-host of the ABC daytime show asserted that the Holocaust was not “about race” and that it was “white people doing it to white people.”

However, it was the context in which she made her remarks that made them particularly offensive. Goldberg was using a popular antisemitic stereotype, which was that the systematic extermination or death of Jews in the Holocaust wasn’t the same as the racism suffered by other races. It is completely absurd and ahistorical.

After putting out an apology, Goldberg then went on Stephen Colbert’s show that evening and essentially doubled down.

Goldberg said that:

‘When you talk about being a racist, you can’t call this racism,’ she said. ‘This was evil. This wasn’t based on skin. You couldn’t tell who was Jewish. To find out who was Jewish, you had to dig deeply. I believe they needed to work hard.

‘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. You don’t know.’

Again, that’s a nonsensical, ignorant contention considering racism against blacks has also been perpetrated in situations where a person’s race was not immediately apparent. That’s where the disgusting “one drop” rule came from. Racism can take many forms.

Perhaps it was just too much? The View has suspended Goldberg.

Notably, this suspension only lasts for two weeks. Her job isn’t at risk. She will return. It’s probable she’s not even losing any money while she sits out. In short, this is a slap on the wrist, and one that likely wouldn’t have happened had she just apologized and kept her mouth shut after her initial comments. Her decision to appear on Colbert was marked by arrogance and a desire to repeat many of the things that got her into trouble. She was caught in the middle.

Personally, I don’t have a lot of energy to waste on caring about Goldberg getting a two-week vacation. She’ll be just fine, and unlike many on the right, she won’t be ostracized or punished long-term.

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