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Whoopi Goldberg Responds To Bill Maher Crying 'Segregation' After NFL Decides To Regularly Play Black National Anthem

Maher also said school curricula are "pitting students against each other by the color of their skin."

Whoopi Goldberg gave Bill Maher a brief history lesson on Monday's episode of The View. 

Over the weekend, the comedian criticized the NFL for now playing both the National Anthem and what's considered the Black national anthem at Thursday night's season kickoff game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys. 

Following the heightened racial justice movement which swept the globe last year, the NFL began playing “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing," better known as the Black national anthem, before its games. After noting its popularity, The New York Times reports the league will make both anthems a permanent part of their games. At Thursday night's game Alicia Keys and the Florida A&M choir performed the classic James Weldon Johnson song. 

During an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the Primetime Emmy Award recipient blasted the NFL for allowing both national anthems to be played at the season's kickoff, saying he thinks we "should have one national anthem," Decider reports.

"I think when you go down a road where you’re having two different national anthems colleges sometimes now have … many of them have different graduation ceremonies for Black and white, separate dorms. This is what I mean! Segregation! You’ve inverted the idea," Maher continued. "We’re going back to that under a different name.”

Maher also lambasted liberalism and said school curricula are "pitting students against each other by the color of their skin," likely referencing critical race theory. 

The commentary did not sit well with Goldberg. The EGOT winner schooled Maher during a segment on The View.

"Because we have gone backwards a good 10-15 years, we’re having to reeducate people. We’re having to reeducate people on how everyone wants to be talked about, how Black people want to be talked about, how Hispanic people want to be talked about," Goldberg added. 

"If college campuses and teachers stop seeing color first and treating students differently, whether we're on the left or the right," she said. "Because the great thing about freedom of speech is we all have the right...You cannot say this is happening because people are woke, I was never asleep."

“In the culture that I’ve seen, we are fighting because there’s a big gap," the actress said in closing. "Not just us, Native Americans, all the ‘other’ we’ve been talking about. America, get it together! We already dealt with this.”

In addition to the NFL's recent announcement, the league is also allowing players to have the following six approved messages appear on their helmet: "End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” "Black Lives Matter," “Inspire Change” and “Say Their Stories.”

The league will also no longer prohibit players from taking a knee or otherwise protesting on-field during the U.S. national anthem. 

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