Bill Maher accuses Whoopi Goldberg of claiming America needs a ‘black anthem’ to ‘re-educate people’
- The ‘Real Time’ presenter warned that having two different anthems, based on race, was a slippery slope to ‘segregation’ but ‘under a different name’.
- Whoopi Goldberg responded to Maher saying she was all for having more than one anthem because of the way minorities are treated in the country
- But on Friday, Maher doubled down on his previous statements, criticizing Goldberg for her claim that people should be “re-educated.”
- Maher linked Goldberg’s thinking to strengthening segregation and said the country is past that mentality
Bill Maher has criticized ‘The View’ presenter Whoopi Goldberg after she said America needs a separate black anthem to ‘re-educate people’.
Maher had a hit in the NFL two weeks ago after Alicia Keys performed Lift Every Voice and Sing — otherwise known as the black anthem — during a Thursday night football game.
He warned that having separate anthems for different people was “segregation” but “under a different name.”
His comments sparked a debate on “The View,” with Goldberg saying she was all for having more than one anthem because of the way minorities are currently treated in the country.
“I think we need to re-educate people because we’ve gone back a good 10 to 15 years.
But on Friday, ‘Real Time’ presenter Maher doubled down on his previous statements, criticizing Goldberg for her claim that people need to be ‘re-educated’.
Whoopi Goldberg said, quote, “We need to re-educate people.” Because nothing ever goes wrong when you talk about re-education. Just ask Chairman Mao. Maybe we could set up some sort of camp,” he joked.
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The ‘Real Time’ presenter warned that having two different anthems, based on race, was a slippery slope to ‘segregation’ but ‘under a different name’.
“I think we need to re-educate people because we’ve gone back a good 10-15 years,” Goldberg said of having more than one anthem
Maher reiterated that he’s not against a new national anthem, but “We just shouldn’t have two… I’m what you might call an old-fashioned liberal raised with the crazy idea that segregation by race is bad.” That’s what I was talking about.’
Maher asked if the country has two anthems for black and white Americans, why stop there, and wondered why there shouldn’t be a national anthem for women, gays, and other races such as Latinos and Asians.
“Symbols of unity are important,” Maher continued. And the purposeful shredding of things by race reinforces a terrible message that we are two nations hopelessly drifting apart. That’s not where we were ten years ago and it’s not where we should be now,” Maher said.
The host then played an excerpt from Barack Obama’s famous 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, where he said, “There is no black America or a white America…there is the United States of America” and said, “where we should be now is here.’
Maher linked Goldberg’s thinking to strengthening segregation and said the country is past that mindset.
Whoopi Goldberg responded to Maher saying she was all for having more than one anthem because of the way minorities are treated in the country
“The View” hosts discussed Maher’s comments, including Whoopi Goldberg, who said she was all for having more than one anthem.
“I’m not out of line. Believe in separated but equal. That’s 67 years out of step,” he told his audience. “It was 67 years ago, in 1954, when the Supreme Court issued their landmark Brown v Board of Education ruling, which said, “Separated but equal is not what we’re doing here.” We’ve decided we’re going to try and make this work together.’
Maher initially commented on the matter after Alicia Keys was joined by the historically black Florida A&M’s Concert Choir for a performance of the black national anthem at an NFL game earlier this month.
Lift Every Voice and Sing was played for the national anthem at the first game of the 2021 regular season.
The song had appeared in previous seasons, including Super Bowl LV when players from the Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs teamed up as Keys performed the song.
The league had previously said it will use the song for “tentpole games” following the NFL’s 10-year pledge to fight racism of $250 million, The Hill reports.
The league also advertises their social justice efforts on players’ helmet stickers, signs and PSAs, according to the news outlet.