When discussing the decision by the Tennessee school board to ban Maus, an award-winning graphic novel from schools on The View, Whoopi Goldberg made a controversial comment that drew a lot of ire from various sectors.
She said that the "Holocaust isn't about race," which contradicted that Nazis were victimizing Jews simply due to their race.
In particular, Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish advocacy organizations were critical of the 66-year-old's controversial comments. The US Holocaust Museum sent a tweet saying:
"Nazi racist beliefs fueled genocide and mass murder."
In the subsequent show, she apologized, saying that she "misspoke."
She explained that she had no intention of upsetting so many people. Goldberg also said she was grateful because she had gotten additional information that had helped her understand more things.
Goldberg said that even though she had told the Holocaust was not about race, she was trying to point out that the catastrophic event was about "man's inhumanity to man."
In a follow-up statement, she admitted that Holocaust was "indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race."
She admitted that words mattered and that hers were not an exception:
"I regret my comments, as I said, and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people as they know and y'all know because I've always done that."
She then introduced Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. He had earlier sent a tweet about Goldberg and talked about antisemitism in the US and the dangers that come with failure to teach the complete history of the Holocaust in schools.
While in the show, he also suggested that they get a Jewish co-host while looking for Meghan McCain's replacement to help resolve such issues.
Even before she made a public apology, Goldberg sent a tweet saying she should have said that the Holocaust was about inhumanity and race, not just about inhumanity. She ended her statement by saying, "I stand corrected."
The post also talked about how supportive she has been of Jewish people worldwide and that this had not changed. Then she said:
"I'm sorry for the hurt I have caused. Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg."