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Whoopi: Saying White Lives Matter Shows ‘a Slight Bit of Ignorance’

Wednesday on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said when people say white lives matter in response to the Black Lives Matter movement it shows “a slight bit of ignorance.”

When asked by her co-host Joy Behar, “So do you think when the Black Lives Matter thing goes out there and people say ‘well white lives matter,’ that that shows an insensitivity to the African-American community?”

Goldberg replied, “You know what, it’s not—to me—wait, wait. Here’s what it shows to me, a slight bit of ignorance, because it’s not about—we know white lives matter, we know it. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen white suspects doing all kinds of stuff with guns and we don’t see them get shot instantaneously, but we do see—we have seen, we have seen a guy in an open carry state saying to the police officer I have one, and he gets shot anyway. So there is a disconnect for us. We know white lives matter, we know this. We’ve always known it. We just want to bring up the fact that due to the kinds of racism that we’ve had to deal with in this country that’s been institutional racism forever, for as long as lots of people can remember, you know, because we live with that, we need to remind people, ‘Yeah, no, it’s not okay to do this.’ Nobody is okay in this country with any of us being shot for no reason. The police are not okay with it. We as Americans are not okay with it. We’re not okay, and that’s what we need to say. We have to hold everyone accountable, even when it’s not comfortable. Whether it’s a black cop or a white cop, we have to hold people accountable.”

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