Whoopi Goldberg has said the Holocaust ‘wasn’t about race’.
The actress made the comment on The View when in a discussion about the Tennessee school board’s decision to ban the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, ‘Maus,’ which tells the story of the Nazi genocide of the Jews.
Referencing the book’s ‘nudity and bad language,’ she said: “I’m surprised that’s what made you uncomfortable, the fact that there was some nudity.
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“I mean, it’s about the Holocaust, the killing of six million people, but that didn’t bother you?
“If you’re going to do this, now let’s be truthful about it because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No. It’s not about race.”
She went on to say it was about ‘two groups of white people,’ adding: “The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It’s a problem.
“It doesn’t matter if you are black or white because black, white, Jews, Italians – everybody eats each other.
“So if you are uncomfortable if you hear about ‘Maus,’ should you be worried? Should your child say, ‘Oh my God, I wonder if that’s me?’
“No. That’s not what they’re going to say. They’re going to say, ‘I don’t want to be like that’.”
Following the backlash on social media, the Sister Act star took to Twitter and shared an apology.
She stated: “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.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt from of the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race’. I stand corrected.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I am sorry for the hurt I have caused.”
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