Whoopi Goldberg is following Raven-Symoné's lead, 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. She made the statement 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 on 'The View': "I'm an American. I'm not an African-American [...] Since the 1700s, my people have been here." (Goldberg was responding to Donald Trump's first TV ad for president, which some say promotes a fear of immigrants) What do you think of Whoopi's statement? #theview #whoopi
Raven-Symoné made similar comments —and sparked plenty of backlash in the process — in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2014. Shehe 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 drew 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."
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