Whoopi Goldberg has once again apologized for her comments that the Holocaust was “not about race”.
A representative for the 67-year-old provided a statement to the Post on Tuesday, just days after a recent interview in which she reiterated the same Holocaust slur that got her suspended from “The View” last February.
“My best friend said, ‘There’s a reason there’s no box on the census for the Jewish race. So that leads me to believe that we are probably not a race,” Goldberg had told the Sunday Times of London.
In her new statement, she tried to clarify that she was simply referring to her past hurtful remarks, not “duplicating” them.
“Recently, while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and I tried to relate this time,” Goldberg began. “I never intended to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after speaking to and hearing from people like rabbis and friends old and new weigh.
“I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone told me. I believe the Holocaust was about race, and I’m still as sorry today as I was then for upsetting, hurting, and angering people. My sincere apologies again, especially to anyone who thought this was another rehash of the topic. I promise not.
“In this time of rising anti-Semitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I have always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will,” she concluded.
Goldberg took part in the Sunday Times interview to promote her upcoming film ‘Till’, in which she plays Alma Carthan, the mother of civil rights activist Mamie Till-Mobley, whose 14-year-old son Emmett Till has was tortured and lynched. in 1955. On the subject of race, Goldberg suggested there was some debate over whether Jews were a race or a religious group when the interviewer reminded him that “the Nazis saw Jews as a breed “.
“Yes, but he’s the killer, isn’t he?” Goldberg replied. “The oppressor tells you what you are. Why do you believe them? They are Nazis. Why believe what they say?
“It wasn’t originally [about race]. Remember who they killed first,” she continued. “They weren’t racially killing; they killed physically. They were killing people they considered mentally deficient. And then they made that decision.
Goldberg made similar comments earlier this year on an episode of “The View,” then repeated them that night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“Although Whoopi has apologized, I have asked him to take the time to reflect and educate himself on the impact of his comments,” ABC News President Kim Godwin tweeted at the time.
Goldberg backtracked on her statements on Twitter that evening after sparking widespread outrage and even coming to the attention of the Anti-Defamation League.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – whom they considered an inferior race.’ I correct myself,” she wrote.