Goldberg is now following Raven-Symoné’s lead in saying that she’s not African-American — she’s just American.
Goldberg’s comments came on Tuesday’s episode of The View, where she and Raven-Symoné are both co-hosts. Her inflammatory opinion came after another host made a joke about seeking refuge overseas in the event Donald Trump wins the presidency in the U.S.
“You know what?” Goldberg said. “Uh-uh! This is my country. My mother, my grandmother, my great-grand folks, we busted ass to be here. I’m sorry. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American, I’m not a chick American, I’m an American!”
Whoopi Goldberg says she’s not African American
Raven-Symoné made similar comments —and sparked plenty of backlash in the process — in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2014, so it’s no surprise that she immediately agreed with Goldberg’s statement.
“I’m an American!” she said. “I’ve been here too long to not just hold American.”
The show’s other hosts — as well as the audience — seemed to realize the controversial nature of the statements, and fell silent following the exchange between Goldberg and Raven-Symoné.
Goldberg’s comments were as controversial and Raven-Symoné’s, drawing criticism on social media.
“Damn, Whoopi, not u too [sic],” one user wrote.
But others supported Goldberg’s remarks. One Twitter user commended Goldberg’s comments, saying, “100% behind
@WhoopiGoldberg here. We are 1st and foremost Americans. Lose the hyphen. E pluribus unum.”