The Whoopi Goldberg Suspension
Pay attention to what happened to Whoopi Goldberg. It is another instance of using corporate hierarchies to shut down speech. Her comment was clumsy but it exposed a problem bigger than her. She has received a two week suspension from ABC.
The suspension as a mechanism of power, using corporate hierarchy, should bother people regarding Whoopi Goldberg. It is the problem I talk about. They are using corporate monopolies to police thoughts. It is an overreaction that shows too much political correctness blatantly.
Her comments basically said the holocaust was not “about race.” As a Black person, what Whoopi Goldberg might not understand is that in Europe each nationality is perceived as “a race.” They do not have a concept of a White race. A German does not see a Pole as the same race. Groups like Serbs, Ukrainians (under Stalin), Poles, Croats etc. have all been targeted for ethnic background.
Compared to other similar events, Hitler seemed uniquely determined to get “every last one” (close to that) but the case is not dissimilar to other events it is just usually the government aims for a percentage of a population to take out with some pathway to allow the other percentage of the population to survive. There were ways to individually give special status to a few Jews in Nazi Germany, but that required a lot of luck to get special considerations.
A reasonable question to ask here is whether Goldberg would be allowed back if she was White or maybe to a lesser extent if she was Male. People like Helen Thomas, Pat Buchanan, Mel Gibson, Phil Donahue, Jesse Ventura etc. have all seen similar censorship without being allowed back. As I understand it Goldberg herself had called for other people to be cancelled, but the problem she exposes here is much bigger than herself. People even lose jobs outside of media these days. As I pointed out, people search you online and try to “guess” your positions when hiring you for a job. However, we are getting more push back against this cancel culture than before. Much of this may be the Trump effect. As a rich person Trump could not be cancelled so he broke some ice and exposed some of the mechanisms that cancel people. There has been more opposition to cancel culture lately than ever before. It manifests as well in criticisms of big tech, but in an earlier era Perhaps Whoopi Goldberg would not be getting her job back.