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Whoopi Goldberg & The View Co-Hosts Defend Elisabeth Hasselbeck On Her Sandra Bland Cigarette Question! See What They Said!

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The ladies on The View may disagree at times, but they also have each other's backs!

On Tuesday's Fox & Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck received a bit of backlash for a question about Sandra Bland — who was found dead in her jail cell three days after her controversial arrest.

After the former co-host of The View tried to play devil's advocate by questioning if Bland's cigarette could be used as a murder weapon, many people deemed the conservative anchor as racist.

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But Whoopi Goldberg and the other panelists were quick to defend their former co-star, asserting that she was simply doing her job by asking questions! The 59-year-old said:

"Somehow, suddenly, it is no longer OK to pose a question that will give you an answer in order to best understand what's going on. We've been friends for about seven, eight years, and [Hasselbeck] has not asked me to pick any cotton."

New panelist Raven-Symoné added that people needed to "stop being so sensitive" in regards to labeling someone a racist, explaining:

"There are a lot of people of color who think that white people shouldn't ask certain questions because they don't understand it … and I don't think that's fair.

Co-host Rosie Perez agreed, wondering whether the same discussion would be happening if Matt Lauer asked the "provocative question."

Goldberg had these final words to say about the matter:

"If we stop asking questions, how will we ever know the truth? Relax; you'll recognize the real racists. You know them when you see them and when you hear them. This woman sat here for 12 years and had disagreements that does not make her a frickin' racist. Sorry."

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[Image via Alberto Reyes/Joel Ginsburg/WENN.]

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