Whoopi Goldberg


Sage Sherburne, Herald Writer

     On January 31st, 2022. Just a day before Black History month started. Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host on the View made some “racist” comments about the holocaust. The holocaust or the Shoah which was the genocide of European Jews during World War II. Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered six million Jews across German-occupied Europe, around two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population.

     Their leader was Adolf Hitler, with a bad mustache and facial expressions. He rose to power from being in charge of the Nazi  party. The Nazis is an ideological practice associated with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany. During Hitler’s rise to power in 1930s Europe, it was frequently referred to as Hitlerism. Goldberg made a comment saying that the holocaust was not about race, but about how humans treat each other, the Nazi’s kept Jews in concentration camps, starved them, tortured them. What Hitler and the Nazi’s did was inhumane, and that is exactly what she was referring to when she made those “racist” comments, it was about the inhumanity of Jews and Germans.


     But it wasn’t about race, race is a color. It’s something you can see, Jews and Germans are white. They put stars on their person to tell them apart.  In reality Judaism is a monotheistic, ethnic religion, you can convert to it like many black Americans did cause it’s been around for so many years, and Kwanzzaa has not. But you cannot convert to a race, there are diseases like Vitiligo which is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin and changes your appearance. This skin condition affects about 1% of the global population. And people also bleach their skin to be white instead of the given color or look “better”.


     An alum of the view Megan McCain slams Goldberg on her comments, and agrees with ABC for suspending her, she is not a part of the many calling to fire her. The two have a history, but Megan is arguing about the conflicts involving her former co-star and the ABC for handling the situation. But a lot of people have been weighing their thoughts on this too, and unfortunately it’s very negative. People are saying she should be fired. As black Americans, the world teaches us we can’t have an opinion, the media twists things and hypes people. And make it seem like what she said was bad. And to bring education into this, they called her uneducated because of the comments. Everyone learns about the oin middle school, and a lot of people are saying it is not about race, that Jews were or are not white. But out of the articles I read, they never specifically said what race they are exactly. If not white, then what? The genocide of 6 million Jews was awful, no one should have to live in fear because of their race or religion. But we have to look at the reality of it. Back then not a lot of people were educated, true Hitler did call for the annihilation of the Jewish race. But so did the KKK, in America Jews are considered white, and Judaism is considered a religion. A lot of people are educated now, if you can’t tell the difference between a white American and a Jew. That’s because there is no difference. Besides religion, they are all white. And that’s reality.


     People forget the genocide of African Americans is still going on. Because of Goldbergs comments and her opinion, people are insisting that she is an anti-semstic. And people are also insisting that Jewish people are their own diverse racial group and not white. And it’s found that people think that they can think what they want. But it is wrong to suspend someone for doing just that. The Holocaust was a major error point in German history, and people get sensitive over the topic. The Holocaust is so widely talked about still, no one is discrediting how painful and awful it was. 6 million Jews, even counting gypsies, some black Americans maybe, anyone who didn’t look like God needed to be exterminated. But the genocide of black Americans, is something still going on and no one is reporting on it. People are upset over the “racist” comments Goldberg made. But they seem fine with the deaths of hundreds to almost thousands of black Americans each day. It’s not talked about how black children are scared to walk down the streets. And white people aren’t. If a Jew walked down the streets, would people stop them?


     To sum it all up, Goldberg was not in the wrong, the holocaust did happen, yes, no ones saying it didn’t. It was an error on white people. And so is the death of a 14 year old boy in 1955. The death of a 17 year old boy in 2012. The death of a 25 year old woman in 2015, the deaths on 9/11. The deaths at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012. The deaths in the civil war. World war 1 and 2. The whole world is made of error, but they’re going to call out a woman who’s calling out another error. At one point we were all black, we all came from black people. Some just came out of the oven early, and others burnt. But we all come from the same blood. There’s no evidence on the future of her position. But it would be an error to fire her, seeing how she is the only educated person there. Black or not, her race should not define whether or not she still has a job. Race should never be the factor in anything. But it seems to me that people like to use race without facts. They like to put blame and dehumanize people without facts. The media twists words, and hype people. And stir up trouble for a good rating. They made it seem like her comments were meant to hurt people, and the Jewish community. And she apologized for it, and it wasn’t enough. Race and religion are two different things, one’s belief and the other is color. We can all believe in something. But we all can’t change our skin color. We’re born with it, and stuck with it for all eternity.

     “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.”

     —Susan L. Taylor, journalist