Whoopi Goldberg suggested on Thursday that it wouldn’t be so bad to teach Critical Race Theory to kids, arguing that maybe white kids deserved to feel like the oppressors if learning history made them feel bad about themselves.
Goldberg made the comments during Thursday’s broadcast of the ABC midday talk show “The View” — and while she continued to insist that elements of Critical Race Theory were not being taught to young children, she suggested that conservative objections to it were still misplaced.
Republican co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin used the conversation to attack Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), claiming that efforts to block certain parts of an African American Studies class amounted to “erasing history” of black Americans and asserting that school children in Florida would no longer be taught about slavery or the American Civil War.
DeSantis made it clear that students would still be taught history and explained why he moved to block the course, saying, “They’re advocating things like abolishing prisons. Now that’s a radical political position. You’re free to take that in your own life, I don’t think very many people think that would actually work, but how is that being taught as fact? … That is more ideology being used under the guise of history, and we want to do history.”
Whoopi admits CRT in schools is to make white kids feel like oppressors.
"If you're so concerned that white children are going to feel bad because history happened and they happen to be white, how do you think black kids are feeling?"
She claims GOP trying to "erase" people. pic.twitter.com/RiUjyyq8BM
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) February 9, 2023
Griffin attempted to draw a line between banning African American history — which she continued to claim was DeSantis’ goal — and banning Critical Race Theory from seeping into younger grades, but Goldberg refused to let her finish and asserted that CRT was not being taught anywhere.
Goldberg then went on to suggest that there was no validity to the complaints coming in — primarily from those on the Right — about the impact of CRT and the idea that it painted all white people as “oppressors,” arguing that if history made people feel bad about who they were then maybe they should feel bad.
“Think about this: if you’re so concerned that your children — and particularly I’m talking about white children because that’s the conversation that they seem to be having — if you’re so concerned that white children are going to feel bad because history happened and they happen to be white, how do you think black kids are feeling?” she asked. “The reason that black history has come into the zeitgeist, the reason that Asian history has come into the zeitgeist, the reason that any other history than English-American history is because nobody was represented.”
“That’s why this history is coming, and the great thing about America has always been, yeah, we know we step in it, but we try to step back from it,” Goldberg concluded, claiming that the GOP was trying to stop the country from stepping back — and in doing so, was attempting to “erase” people.