“While Whoopi has apologized, I have asked her to take time to think and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our colleagues, friends, family and Jewish community,” ABC News President Kim Godwin said in a statement.
The suspension comes a day after Goldberg’s comment in the discussion about See That race was not a factor in the Holocaust. Goldberg apologized a few hours later and again on Tuesday morning, but the initial comment drew condemnation from several prominent Jewish leaders.
“My words upset a lot of people, that was never my intention,” she said on Tuesday morning. “I understand why now and for that, I am extremely, deeply grateful that the information I received was really helpful and helped me make sense of a number of different things.”
Goldberg made her initial comments during a discussion on Monday’s show about the Tennessee school board’s ban on Maus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about Nazi death camps during the Second World War. She said the Holocaust was “not about race…it was about human inhumanity towards others.”
“I miss,” Goldberg said at the opening of the show Tuesday.
Goldberg’s outburst of comments this week underscores the enduring complexity of a number of race-related issues, including the popular but hotly contested view that only people of color can may be a victim of racial discrimination.
“Effective immediately, I will be suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her false and hurtful comments,” Godwin said in his statement.
See brought Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League and author of It can happen hereon Tuesday to discuss why her words hurt.
“The Jews are feeling besieged at the moment,” Greenblatt said.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, vice-chancellor of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, praised Goldberg for being outspoken over the years on social issues but said he struggled to understand her claims about the Holocaust.
“The only explanation I can offer is that there is a new definition of racism that has been released to the public recently that defines racism solely as a target of people of color. And obviously history teaches us otherwise,” Cooper said.
“Everything about Nazism and about targeting Jews and about the Holocaust is about race and racism. It is an unfortunate, unrevealable historical fact,” he said.
Kenneth L. Marcus, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Law, linked Goldberg’s remarks to broader misconceptions about the Holocaust, Jewish identity, and anti-Semitism.
Marcus, author of Definition of anti-Semitism.
“There is a view that Jews should only be seen as white, privileged oppressors,” he said. “It denies Jewish identity and involves the bleaching of Jewish history.”
Marcus refers to the use of anti-Semitic stereotypes “of power, control, and malice,” along with downplaying or negating anti-Semitism.
Jill Savitt, president and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, offered a measured stance on Goldberg’s comments.
“No one can get inside Whoopi Goldberg’s head… But I think what she’s trying to say is that the Holocaust is about hatred. It’s about inhumanity. Savitt said.
Complicated problems require more than blame, she said.
“I think people are not quick to give anyone the benefit of doubt these days, which is a shame because to get through these painful, complicated, difficult, special issues,” Savitt said. is painful history,” says Savitt, “We can add a little grace because people will make mistakes or they will say offensive things. “
In Israel, Jews are rarely recognized racially, in part because of the country’s diversity. However, Jewish identity goes far beyond religion. Israelis often refer to “the Jewish people” or “the Jewish nation,” describing a group or civilization bound together by a common history, culture, language, and traditions, and relationships. deeply with Jewish communities abroad.
Above See Second, Goldberg, who is Black, expressed surprise that some Tennessee school board members were uncomfortable about nudity in Maus.
“I mean, it’s about the Holocaust, which killed 6 million people, but doesn’t that bother you?” she speaks. “If you’re going to do this, then be honest about it. Because the Holocaust has nothing to do with race. No, it’s not about race. ”
She continued that line despite objections from some of her panel members.
The American Holocaust Museum in Washington responded to Goldberg with a tweet.
“Racism was central to Nazi ideology. Jews are not identified by religion, but by race. It said Nazi racist beliefs fueled genocide and mass murder.
That tweet also included a link to the museum’s online encyclopedia, which said the Nazis attributed negative stereotypes about Jews to a genetically defined racial legacy. biological.
Savitt said that although Jews were not a race, the Nazis made Judaism a race in their attempt to create a racial hierarchy “need to say this from American conversation about racial primacy and eugenics.
On Twitter, there were several calls to fire Goldberg, where it appeared caught up in familiar debates between the left and the right.
Greenblatt said the talk show, in the market for a new co-host following the departure last summer of Meghan McCain, should consider hiring a Jewish woman to keep the issue anti-Semitism. Thai at the top.
AP Television writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles, AP writer Ron Harris in Atlanta and reporter Luis Andres Henao in Princeton, NJ, contributed to this report.
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