"The View" Heats Up Over Racism, Whoopi Declares, "This Is A Racist Country"

04/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Huffington Post

Things got heated on "The View" this morning as the ladies discussed race and racism, prompted by Barack Obama's relationship with the controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright and his comments last week about his grandmother, who he called the "typical white person."

The segment, excerpted below, gives a glimpse into how heated the discussion became: Whoopi declared, "This is a racist country," and told Elisabeth that she, like Obama's grandmother, would be scared if she saw six young black men standing on a corner. Elisabeth, for her part, denied that this would alarm her and demanded (in harsh tones and with exaggerated hand gestures) that someone "write [her] the rules on racism."

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From ABC, 3/24