Things got tense during Tuesday’s episode of The View. Michele Tafoya appeared as a guest host on the show though she may not be returning after being gathered by Whoopi Goldberg. As the hosts debated whether critical race theory should be taught in schools, Tafoya challenged the idea, sharing an anecdote about her son and his friends of different races who eventually all separated to find other friends within their “affinity groups.”
“They’ve been doing it since the civil war” again, #micheletafoya 🤬Pick up a f’ing book. Ever heard of Jim Crow, civil rights movement? If race didn’t matter why are people, like you, terrorizing in Charlottesville, Portland et others chanting.#TheView GET THIS BIH OUT OF HERE pic.twitter.com/v77cIegoWz
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“Why are we even teaching that the color of the skin matters?” Tafoya questioned, per The Wrap. “Because to me, what matters is your character and your values.”
Goldberg responded in kind to the NBC Sports reporter, bringing up an obviously known fact.
“Yes, but you know. You live in the United States, you know that color of skin has been mattering to people for years,” she replied.
Tafoya pushed back, wondering why it’s not time to change that system in America. But, the Ghost actress didn’t waste time in answering that the responsibility of making that change shouldn’t be on minorities, considering that minorities didn’t put the system in place.
“Well, we need white people to step up and do that!” Goldberg said.
Tafoya contended that white people have been making attempts to do that since the civil war, but that argument was not something her co-host was trying to hear or justify this morning.
“No! No, no, no they haven’t,” Goldberg exclaimed. “Listen, when you have a country, or let’s talk about a state — where somebody can be hung from a tree and it’s OK? Well, it was OK. It was OK in the South, people did it all the time, people would run you down. Not that long ago.”
Given the country’s history, Goldberg asserts that the need for teaching critical race theory in schools and why it’s so important.
“America has had her reckoning. It continues to happen because unless we can say ‘This is what the country was like. This is what we don’t want to be anymore,’ we have to teach the little ones to respect people, because you’ll be around people, you’ll see people, you’ll hear people say things that won’t make sense to you,” she argued. “This is what happens in the country because we’re not past that.”