Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been taking some heat over the past couple of days for asking a former NYPD officer if Sandra Bland, who died in jail of an alleged suicide, could have used her lit cigarette as a weapon against the officer who arrested her. Wednesday morning, The Viewâs Whoopi Goldberg defended her âbuddyâ and former co-host against accusations of âracism.â
âSomehow, itâs no longer OK to pose a question that will give you an answer in order to best understand whatâs going on,â Goldberg said, after playing the clip. âWeâve been friends for about seven, eight years and she has not asked me to pick any cotton.â
âPeople love to throw that phrase around, âYouâre a racist, youâre this, youâre that,'â she added. âIt is not racist to ask a question.â
Similarly, Raven-SymonÃ© said, âThereâs a lot of people of color that feel like white people shouldnât ask certain questions because they donât understand it and they donât feel like youâre being sensitive to it, and I donât think thatâs fair.â
âI didnât find it offensive at all,â Rosie Perez said, agreeing with her co-hosts. âI felt like she was asking a provocative question as a journalist.â She also wondered if this would be an issue at all if someone like Matt Lauer had asked the same question.
âIf we stop asking questions, how will we ever know the truth? How will we know what happens?â Goldberg asked, getting more and more worked up. âRelax! Youâll recognize the real racists, youâll know them when you see them and hear them. This woman sat here for 12 years, and had disagreements. That does not make her a freaking racist.â