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Whoopi Goldberg Apologises After Saying The Holocaust “Isn’t About Race”

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Whoopi Goldberg has apologised after comments she made in relation to the Holocaust inspired outrage.

During a conversation on The View about a US school board’s decision to ban Maus – a 1980 novel about the Holocaust – Goldberg said: “Let’s be truthful – the Holocaust isn’t about race.”

When a co-host said that the Nazi genocide of the Jews was rooted in “white supremacy”, Goldberg argued, “But these are two white groups of people.”

“You’re missing the point. 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’re black or white because black, white, Jews, Italians, everybody eats each other.”

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Her words inspired furious backlash among the Jewish community and the wider public.

Taking to Twitter, the leader of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt wrote: “No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race.”

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Now, in a statement posted to her own Twitter, Goldberg issued an apology for her words.

“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 Jonothan Greenblatt from 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.”

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“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver.”

“I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”

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