Whoopi, Raven-Symone: Blacks Are ‘Too Sensitive’
Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symoné are back at it again.
This time, the two took to their morning television show to defend former View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
The Fox News host posed the question of whether or not Sandra Bland’s cigarette could have been used as a weapon. Some took offense to her suggestion, and viewed her question as defending the officer’s request for Bland to put out her cigarette.
Goldberg and Raven-Symoné defended Hasselbeck’s right to ask that question as a journalist to get to the bottom of the issue.
Bland, who was pulled over for a traffic violation in Texas on July 10, got arrested and later died in a Waller County jail cell. Authorities say she committed suicide, but family and friends of the activists think otherwise.
In addition to defending Hasselbeck’s choice to ask the question, Goldberg and Raven-Symoné went on about “people of color” who are always trying to make race an issue. Goldberg said that Hasselbeck had never asked her “to pick cotton.” The talk show host also cited her seven year friendship with Hasselbeck as an indicator that she is not racist.
“People love to throw that phrase around: ‘You’re a racist, you’re this, you’re that,’ ” Goldberg said. “It is not racist to ask a question.”
Then Raven-Symoné added her two cents.
“There’s a lot of people of color that feel like white people shouldn’t ask certain questions because they don’t understand [racism], and they don’t feel like you’re being sensitive to it, and I don’t think that’s fair,” Raven-Symoné said in the segment. “Everybody has a different way of looking at stuff, and we have to stop being so sensitive,” she continued. “Yes, I know there’s racism. Yes, I know there’s people who don’t like other people of color.”
While the ladies may have a point when arguing about Hasselbeck’s right to ask provocative questions, it is never okay to paint people of color as beings who are continuously playing the race card.
Check out the clip below.