The women of “The View” did not hold back during a heated discussion on Ferguson, Missouri, and the impending grand jury decision surrounding police officer Darren Wilson. Gov. Jay Nixon has already declared a state of emergency ahead of the verdict, preparing for protests and the “possibility of expanded unrest.”
“It feels like someone might know what verdict is coming,” Rosie O’Donnell said on Tuesday morning’s ABC show. “That’s what it feels like to me.”
“Don’t brace for the worst,” Whoopi Goldberg said, slamming Nixon’s executive order to activate the state’s National Guard. “Don’t put out that you think bad stuff is going to happen because that’s like an encouragement.”
Goldberg continued, saying: “Do you think black people are just going to go and burn everything? That’s not going to happen.”
“I think they know how the grand jury verdict is going to come down, not how the people are going to react,” O’Donnell responded.
“But what they’re doing is baiting the people to react,” Goldberg continued. “Or they’re saying a gross injustice is about to be ignored and people are going to get pissed.”
Co-host Nicolle Wallace challenged O’Donnell’s statement, saying: “And what is the injustice? You’re saying that if he isn’t indicted, it’s a gross injustice? You weren’t in the grand jury room.”
“But I as an American feel it’s very wrong to shoot unarmed teenagers six times, once in the head,” O’Donnell answered.
“And you feel like you have all the facts?” Wallace asked.
“No, but that’s how I feel as an American,” O’Donnell replied.
She went on to say: “I’m sick of it. Black boys are like the endangered species in America. They’re killed at an absurd rate and nobody seems to care enough.”
“A lot of people care,” Goldberg said. “What has to happen is, we need to remind everybody: ‘These are your sons. Forget the color. Because it could be you tomorrow. Injustice doesn’t care what color you are.’”
The back-and-forth debate received a moment of levity when mid-setence, Goldberg appeared to excuse herself for inadvertently making a noise. In other words, she may have farted.
“Your kid is in danger,” Goldberg said. “Black, white, Asian, Puerto Rican, Greek, Chinese … oo, was that me? Excuse me.”
Watch the video from Tuesday morning’s “The View” above.