On Monday’s episode of “The View,” the co-hosts discussed the curious case of Atatiana Jefferson, the Black woman who was fatally shot through the window of her home by a Fort Worth, Texas police officer.
When Sunny Hostin noted that police violence in America affects Black folks “four times more than white people” — Whoopi Goldberg added that “this is a detriment to everybody,” as “it can happen to black people, it can happen to Asian people, and white people.”
Goldberg’s comment pissed off a lot of people who promptly took to social media to slam her on Twitter. According to decider.com, one viewer asked, “Can we get a new moderator?”
“A Fort Worth, Texas police officer is on administrative leave after he shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through the window of her own home,” explained Goldberg at the beginning of the segment. “Texas is going crazy,” she added, citing recent cases of police brutality in the state. “I have to assume that something is missing in Texas.”
“What’s going on with de-escalation training?” asked Meghan McCain. “He just shot a woman sitting and playing video games with her nephew in her home. I don’t understand it.” Sunny agreed, saying, “If you’re black, you can’t eat ice cream in your own home. You can’t go to Starbucks. You can’t barbecue while black. Now you can’t play videos with your nephew in your own home.”
She continued, “Why are black people disproportionately shot four times more than white people in these United States of America? I don’t understand it.”
Goldberg didn’t want to devote too much time to the topic and her “it could happen to anybody” remarks left many viewers outraged.
“Here you go Whoopi… I can’t with you,” wrote one viewer.
“Whoopi is so privileged and more outraged at the thought of her taxes being raised than she is when it comes to black people being killed for being black,” added another.
“Whoopi just All Lives Mattered the disproportionate murder of black ppl at the hands of police officers,” wrote a third View fan.