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Whoopi Goldberg isn’t quite sure what Viola Davis was trying to say after her historic Emmys win last month.

After becoming the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Drama for How to Get Away With Murder, Davis said “the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

“Well, I’m not sure what it means. Opportunity to do what?” Goldberg said during an interview with a reporter for BET. “Do you know what I mean? The truth of the matter is there’s been plenty of opportunity. I mean, Scandal. Let’s just start with that. Kerry Washington is there and she’s working her booty off, okay? But they didn’t vote for her. So, maybe the question is, what do you have to do to get voted on? That’s the thing.”

Goldberg went on to suggest that more African-Americans will probably get hired because Davis won an Emmy. “It’s not that the opportunity is not there. We’ve had lots of opportunities,” Goldberg said.

Davis began her acceptance speech by quoting Harriet Tubman. “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line,” she said.

Episode Recaps

How to Get Away With Murder

Viola Davis stars as a law professor where she teaches, wait for it, how to get away with murder.

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  • TV-14
  • Peter Nowalk
  • ABC
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