The View, a show that she hosts on national television, the actress said in response to a joke by a co-show host about people leaving the United States if Republican presidential candidate front-runner, Donald Trump, wins the presidency:
“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!”
The actress’ comments followed similar remarks made one year earlier by one of her fellow-show host, Raven Symone, also an actress.
Whoopi’s remarks triggered a fiery debate on social media, leading Essence, the popular white-owned magazine for African American women, to conduct an online survey asking visitors to their site to weigh in. At the time of this writing: 59% of the people surveyed agree with Whoopi, 24% don’t agree, and 16% have checked the “It’s complicated” box.
Whoopi Goldberg, a smart woman, knew that black slaves contributed immensely to the building of this great nation of ours (by helping build the economy very early on, later by fighting in the Civil War, by building the White House as free labor, among other things), I am sure she would proudly embrace her ancestry as have Barack Obama, Oprah and millions other brothers and sisters who, I dare say, know better. Despite my limited knowledge of Whoopi, I consider her too racially-proud to say that she’s uncomfortable in her skin like other black Americans who have made a similar claim.
But, in fact, being identified as African American has nothing to do with being dark-skinned or brown-skinned. It has to do with what boat your ancestors came on. Unfortunately, the boat of ignorance is huge, leading light-skinned African Americans to feel superior to dark-skinned ones, and some of us to reject our history