The View, Double Standards, and Concentration Camp Denial

3 min readApr 14
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Last year, ABC suspended Whoopi Goldberg from hosting The View after Goldberg insisted the Holocaust wasn’t about race. Goldberg’s television co-hosts told her that the Nazis considered Jews a different race. Goldberg replied that these were two groups of white people demonstrating man’s inhumanity to man.

ABC stated that Goldberg’s two-week suspension was due to her inaccurate comments. In Goldberg’s defense, there was a brand-new definition of racism that justified her remarks.

Before 2020, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, defined racism as the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another and that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn characteristics.

Under this definition of racism, along with the Nazis’ concept of the “master race,” the Holocaust was all about race.

But after the nationwide protests in 2020 over the police killing of George Floyd, the Anti-Defamation League decided to change its definition of racism to “the marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that gives white people more power.”

Based on this post-George Floyd definition, racism only happens to people of color for the benefit of whites. That explains why Goldberg felt one group of whites eliminating another group of whites had nothing to do with race. If Goldberg’s comments were based on the Anti-Defamation League’s post-George Floyd definition of racism, then her comments should have been treated as a misunderstanding, and she shouldn’t have been suspended.

Unfortunately, it took the Goldberg controversy for the Anti-Defamation League to figure out that their definition of racism after George Floyd was inadequate. So, the Anti-Defamation League changed their definition of racism again. Their post-Whoopi Goldberg definition stated, “Racism happens when people or institutions treat someone or a group better because of their race or ethnicity.”

After Goldberg apologized for her insensitivity, co-host Ana Navarro said, “When you have five women discussing complex topics in five-minute segments on unscripted, live TV, sometimes things come out the wrong way. We are…


J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.