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Whoopi Goldberg spoke with passion on Friday’s installment of The View about the issue of voter suppression,The Root reported.

During the discussion, some of Goldberg’s co-hosts attempted a comparison between the black struggle to vote and women’s struggle to vote, which prompted a fiery speech from Goldberg.

“Black people vote because we earned the right to vote,” she said. “We had to take tests and figure out philosophical discussions in order to get the right to vote. We worked really hard to get this vote, to become citizens like everybody else.”

Goldberg is referencing the many challenges that black voters faced before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, including literacy tests and grandfather clauses. But, as she points out, voter suppression is still a major problemin the United States.

Goldberg draws a larger distinction between black Americans and women, namely the history of slavery.

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