Only to an American leftist can a black American host the number one daytime show, be an award-winning actress and comedian, and somehow argue that people don’t pay attention to her. During an appearance on The Chris Cuomo Project podcast to promote her movie Till, about the murder of Emmitt Till, co-host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg suggested current-day white Americans were “not paying attention” to black Americans in much the same way they were in 1955.
At the top of the interview, Chris “Fredo” Cuomo lamented that the 1955 murder had fallen out of the news cycle and the media stopped reporting on it. “And it was huge in the 60s but I always feel Whoop, like it’s never mattered enough since. You know? Because there’s still some news there,” he said.
Goldberg built off of her friend and declared that black Americans “never mattered really enough” to the country. “You now? The mere fact that institutional racism just continues on like it was nothing,” she continued, beaming in from her mansion.
As they were discussing how Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley put her son’s body on display to get public attention to the crime, Goldberg suggested white Americans currently weren’t paying attention:
GOLDBERG: Well, you know, how else are you going to get peoples’ attention?
GOLDBERG: Because white people weren’t really paying much attention to us. The way that they kind of are not paying attention now in a way.
Sticking to the present, Cuomo asked about what the reaction to Till’s murder would be today. Goldberg sunk her cynical shot at white Americans almost immediately. “I think people would lose their minds much like we did during George Floyd. And I would think it would not just be black people. Because people are tired of this,” she declared.
She went on to argue that it was important to “just know this story like we know Anne Frank’s story” because presumably, America needed to answer “why” it happened “and is it okay with us still?”
Lazily playing Devil’s advocate, Cuomo tossed up a strawman “resistance” to Goldberg’s smears of white people and America today:
So a couple of points of resistance. We’re not 1955 anymore, the progress has been tremendous, and the media and certain components of the left architect a false perception of police violence against people of color and prejudges and it doesn’t really exist the way it does today.
“You can pretend to be in the dark,” she snarked. “And that’s just the way it’s going to be. You’re going to be in the dark. But know that if you’re alive in this country, you know exactly what this movie is about.”
Suggesting people watching might have said racist things in the past, she rolled in a bizarre analogy about people being eggs:
Chances are you may have said something that slipped out of your mouth ‘cause it didn’t occur to you it might not have been the right thing to say. People say stuff. Stuff slips out all the time. But only when you say, “You know what? I just heard myself I shouldn’t have done that.” That’s when you’ve got growth. It’s when you go, “I don’t know what you’re talking about” that you remain – that – that you’re an – you’re just an egg. You’re not hard-boiled, you’re not soft-boiled, you’re just there.
It was later in the podcast after they talked about starting a new political party called the Shrimp Party, that Cuomo made a joke about being high. Goldberg denied being on anything at the time.