The New York Times reports:
Whoopi Goldberg, the comedian and actress who is also a co-host of the ABC talk show “The View,” will be suspended for two weeks, the network announced Tuesday night, after she said repeatedly during an episode of the show that aired on Monday that the Holocaust was not about race, comments that come at a time of rising antisemitism globally. She later apologized.
In the episode, Ms. Goldberg said the Holocaust was about “man’s inhumanity to man” and “not about race.” When one of her co-hosts challenged that assertion, saying the Holocaust was driven by white supremacy, Ms. Goldberg said, “But these are two white groups of people.”
She added, “This is white people doing it to white people, so y’all going to fight amongst yourselves.” As she continued to speak, music came on, indicating a commercial break. …
OK, so I applaud Whoopi for admitting the widespread antisemitism (along with a hatred of white people) among the black American population.
I don’t charge people with antisemitism willy-nilly, as I oppose any criticism of Israel, no matter how valid, automatically being branded as “antisemitic,” for example, and too many Jews have used false allegations of “antisemitism” in order to get their way (this is a form of terrorism, which I broadly define as the use of fear to at least try to obtain your own political and/or personal objectives [in this case, it would be the fear of being ostracized as an “antisemite”]), but clearly, Bernie Sanders’ being Jewish, for example, is probably a factor in the fact that his support among black Americans has been relatively low even though the NAACP gives him a rating of 100 percent.
Whoopi Goldberg’s real real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, and, in case you were wondering, Wikipedia notes that while Goldberg has claimed Jewish heritage, “Researcher Henry Louis Gates Jr. found that all of Goldberg’s traceable ancestors were African Americans, that she had no known German or Jewish ancestry, and that none of her ancestors were named Goldberg.”
In fairness to Goldberg, are Jews a race of their own? Or are they just garden-variety white people?
Wikipedia’s entry on “Jews” notes:
Jews (Hebrew: יְהוּדִים ISO 259-2 Yehudim, Israeli pronunciation [jehuˈdim]) or Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group and nation originating from the Israelites and Hebrews of historical Israel and Judah. Jewish ethnicity, nationhood, and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism is the ethnic religion of the Jewish people, although its observance varies from strict to none.
Jews originated as an ethnic and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in the part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel. …
I see no discussion of race in the aforementioned Wikipedia article, but in the same Wikipedia article I found a link to a 2012 article titled “Jews Are a ‘Race,’ Genetics Reveal.” The article begins:
In his new book, Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People, Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, claims that Jews are different, and the differences are not just skin deep. Jews exhibit, he writes, a distinctive genetic signature. Considering that the Nazis tried to exterminate Jews based on their supposed racial distinctiveness, such a conclusion might be a cause for concern. But Ostrer sees it as central to Jewish identity.
“Who is a Jew?” has been a poignant question for Jews throughout our history. It evokes a complex tapestry of Jewish identity made up of different strains of religious beliefs, cultural practices and blood ties to ancient Palestine and modern Israel. But the question, with its echoes of genetic determinism, also has a dark side.
Geneticists have long been aware that certain diseases, from breast cancer to Tay-Sachs, disproportionately affect Jews. Ostrer, who is also director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center, goes further, maintaining that Jews are a homogeneous group with all the scientific trappings of what we used to call a “race.” …
Contributing to the murkiness of this subject, I think, is that while anyone can convert to Judaism, I, as a white man, cannot convert to another race, Rachel Dolezal notwithstanding. (Speaking of Dolezal, what was up with Whoopi falsely claiming to have Jewish heritage? Like Dolezal, did she believe that it would socially and/or financially benefit her in some way?) And certainly many Jews (like Bernie Sanders), if you saw them on the street, you’d say they’re white.
But what bothers me about the Whoopi episode is not so much the definition of what Jewishness is — is it a religion? An ethnicity? A race? Some combo of these things that varies from individual to individual? (The latter seem to be the case to me.)
What bothers me is the Oppression Olympics that Goldberg is playing, and the fact that she had to get a dig in against white people by casting the Holocaust as whites victimizing other whites (although we’re not allowed to talk about black-on-black violence, because that is “racist”; only when a black person is victimized by a white person is it notable in today’s “woke” environment).
Whether Jews are white or not or of their own race or not — and again, on the street, I think that people regard you as whatever you look like to them — the obvious fact of the matter is that the Nazis clearly considered the Jews to be racially inferior to themselves.
So Goldberg’s glibly ignorant observation that the Holocaust was “white people doing it to white people” (one of the reasons that I don’t watch shows like “The View” is the junior-high-school-level, ignorant banter that is passed off as “common sense” and even “wisdom”) is not only factually incorrect, but it’s yet another example of “woke” racism: Whoopi has a deep-seated hatred of white people, apparently.
As a white person, I hate plenty of white people myself — former “President” Pussygrabber and all of his mostly white followers, for instance (they are neo-Nazis, and I hate the original Nazis, too) — but at the same time I do at least try to take people as individuals and not as automatically representative of a group and of how I view that group.
Whoopi, on the other hand, feels perfectly comfortable slamming an entire race of people on national television. After all, she has the protection of “wokeness.”
Except that while you can bash whitey with impunity in our “woke” environment (because everyone knows that all white people are evil) — this “woke” racism is called “social justice,” and the “woke” racists are called “social justice warriors” — going anywhere near the Holocaust is like stepping in quicksand, as Whoopi has just been schooled.
(On that note, the original news reports that I saw only had Goldberg asserting that Jews do not comprise their own race, and for that comment alone, I don’t think that she’d have deserved a suspension, since that is, I think, a gray area, but after I read her fuller remarks on the matter in The New York Times article referenced above, yes, I think that her suspension is justified, and is a slap on the wrist compared to how others have been punished for their ignorant, bigoted remarks. She has been suspended, not canceled.)
In the end, people are people, and it’s too bad that in 2022 we’re still bickering over our identities and our tribal groups. These divisions aren’t natural — we weren’t born with them — but they are fostered by the ignorance that gets handed down from generation to generation and from group member to group member (and, of course, by such pap for the masses as “The View”).
Thus, we have the Oppression Olympics, in which it was very important to Whoopi Goldberg to cast the Holocaust as white-on-white oppression and violence.
She was going for the gold for her team, you see.
Similarly, a black female “co”-“worker” of mine, when I once dared to assert, as a gay man, that gay rights also are civil rights, immediately caustically replied, “You can’t compare race to sin.” Lovely.
Memo to black Americans: When you show a modicum of care and concern for any group other than your own, you will see doors and windows open for you.
I’m not saying that black Americans haven’t had it worse than any other group in the United States, but I don’t know how you’d even determine that (which group has had it the worst in the United States).
I mean, the Native Americans not only had their lands stolen from them, but they were fucking decimated. (Indeed, what white Americans did to the Native Americans inspired Adolf Hitler.) Women didn’t have the universal right to vote in the U.S. until 1920, even though they’re half of the population. As a gay man, my inherent right to marry someone I love wasn’t made a universal legal right in the U.S. until 2015, for fuck’s sake (but, of course, you can’t compare race to sin…).
What I do know is that the Oppression Olympics need to end.
In the Oppression Olympics, no one wins; whatever medal you might receive is, in the end, pretty fucking hollow.