Whoopi Goldberg clashed with a conservative commentator about critical race theory this week on The View.
Whoopi Goldberg is known for many things. She is known for her acting credentials in TV, film, and broadway, she’s an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry, and she’s a big debater. Nowadays, the 66-year old is usually seen on The View, where she’s a moderator and co-host. Goldberg is known on the talk show for her no holds barred mannerisms. And yesterday, the gloves came off yet again as she sparred with a guest host over education.
During yesterday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg got into a heated discussion with guest-host Lindsey Granger over topics in education like COVID closures, mask mandates, and critical race theory. Lindsey Granger usually hosts Daily Blast Live, but she has been filling in this week as a guest co-host on the talk show. As per the norm on The View, Goldberg and other regulars from the talk show sparred with the guest host.
The education argument began when Whoopi Goldberg brought up a recent New York Times op-Ed by Jamelle Bouie that suggests Democrats should move away from education topic points and focus more on tax cuts and labor unions. To this, Goldberg addressed a heated topic between party lines regarding critical race theory. “The reality is, as a child, a Black child, I learned that there was a part of my history as an American child that was not there,” Goldberg said. Goldberg’s comments were a straight hit to the foundation of what critical race theory teaches.
Like Whoopi Goldberg’s comment, critical race theory is a way of thinking about America’s history through the lens of racism. At its core, the theory dissects how racism has been systemic in founding America’s laws and governments in a means to maintain white dominance in society. As for Goldberg saying she missed a part of her history as a child, she likely is suggesting something supporters of critical race theory seek to prove; that the foundation of America’s education system was formatted to alter certain history to look less negative for White people.
Things got heated when co-host Joy Behar spoke up in favor of Whoopi Goldberg’s view on critical race theory. Behar stated that she feels Republicans have pushed anti-critical race theory issues so vastly that she believes it to be a disguise to bait more voters. Moreover, Behar thinks quite the opposite, as she believes Republicans are actually against better education systems. This is where conservative commentator Lindsey Granger finally stepped into the ring.
To Behar’s remarks about Republicans’ attitudes towards education, Whoopi Goldberg grunted noises in agreeance, which finally made Granger speak up. Granger argued the opposite saying that it’s Democrats who lack concern for children’s education. The blame game continued with Granger declaring that Democrats were more concerned about changing the names of schools over getting children back inside classrooms during the pandemic.
As the topic shifted from critical race theory arguments in Congress to school closures during the pandemic, the hosts continued to argue over political blame. Behar asked Granger what was more important “your health or your education?” Before finishing her question, Granger interrupted claiming they were equally as important.
With the school closure debate, Granger also intervened with the great mask debate. As the conversation turned more fervent with all the commentators weighing in and interrupting each other, Whoopi Goldberg remained on the sidelines letting Granger and Behar spar over masks and the pandemic. But when Granger suggested that it was Democrats that kept children out of schools, Goldberg clapped back swiftly. Crying out that Granger’s comment was not true, Goldberg said that it was COVID and omicron that kept children out of school, not Democrats.
Much of the debate was hard to pick apart as Whoopi Goldberg and the other hosts continued to interrupt each other or cut one another off from the discussion. But if anything, the education conversation on the popular Day Time show was a further look into the elaborate divide politics has driven into the nation’s education system as a whole. Whether you agree with Whoopi Goldberg or Lindsey Granger on the matter, both sides can agree on one thing: America’s education system is at a crossroads.