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“The View” Hosts Whoopi Goldberg And Rosie O’Donnell Had An Epic Battle Over Racism

It’s not everyday that one can turn on the TV and see a 9/11 Truther argue with a woman whose moral universe includes different definitions of rape–including “rape-rape.”

And yet, if you were watching the ladies of The View Thursday that’s exactly what you would see. The stage was full of fireworks as “The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell had an epic battle over racism in America.

The near-brawl began when co-host Nicole Wallace asked if the other hosts thought “we live in a racist country?”

The pleasant conversation deteriorated quickly into a verbal melee when Whoopi Goldberg insisted that it is not racist, just simply ignorant, to mistake a non-white person as a department store worker.

Co-host Rosie Perez poured on lighter fluid, asking Whoopi if she believes “it’s racist if someone turns to the leader of the free country and says, ‘Can you park my car?’” That question sent Whoopi Goldberg overboard. “You guys need to know what real racism is,” she shouted.

Then Rosie O’Donnell piped in, saying, “And then a Congress that doesn’t allow” Obama “to do one thing,”

“Listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you, which is fine,” Whoopi replied.

It was all-out anarchy from there.

“I’m a gay-American that has been called a dyke,” O’Donnell yelled.

“It’s not the same,” Whoopi shot back.

“I have a black kid I raise, Whoopi. I have a black kid in my house,” O’Donnell replied.

“That is not the same,” Whoopi insisted.

“You don’t have to be black to know what racism is,” O’Donnell fired back.

“Yes you do,” Whoopi said.

“No you don’t,” O’Donnell said.

Whoopi was visibly tired of entertaining Rosie O’Donnell’s logic and ended the debate saying, “Yes you do, baby. There are white people who get it. But this is why I will not agree with the blanket statement that America is racist. I don’t agree, I’m sorry. Kick my butt.”

This entire on-air war of words was in response to a People Magazine interview in which Barack and Michelle Obama both told stories about being mistaken for a department store worker (Michelle) and a valet driver (Barack).

Both “examples of racism” were about as overblown and senseless as the daily shouting matches that take place on The View.

Oddly enough, Whoopi Goldberg was the only person who (somewhat) made sense on the matter of racism in America.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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