Whoopi Goldberg rebukes Bill Maher on Black national anthem comments

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Comic and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg took issue with fellow TV pundit Bill Maher for comments he made over the weekend about “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as “The Black National Anthem,” being performed by Alicia Keys to kick off the start of the 2021-2022 NFL season.

Goldberg countered on her ABC show “The View” that “Lift Every Voice” has “always been considered the Black National Anthem” and this is nothing new.

“Because we have gone backwards a good 10-15 years, we’re having to reeducate people,” Goldberg said Monday. “We’re having to reeducate people about how women want to be talked about, how Black people want to be talked about, how Hispanic people want to be talked about.”

On Friday’s episode of his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the left-leaning commentator stated, “I think we should have one national anthem” and suggested that having separate songs of national identity is a form of segregation that takes society backwards, not forward in its conversation about racial equality.

According to Goldberg, backwards is where society has been going as of late and now it’s time to get back up to speed.

“My father, my grandfather, and many of our fathers fought in all these wars,” she said. “Couldn’t vote in this country, but fought for this country,” she said. “We know where we come from. We’ve been fighting to be seen as equal from the giddyup.”

Goldberg conceded that different facets of society may need to have a refresher course when it comes to talking about racial justice.

“You cannot say that this is happening because people are ‘woke.’ I was never asleep!” she said. “We already dealt with this.”

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