‘The View’ Debate Gets Heated Over Reports of Mistreatment of Africans Fleeing Ukraine

Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro on the Feb. 28, 2022 episode of 'The View.' Credit: Twitter/ABC

The View co-host Sunny Hostin and contributor Ana Navarro exchanged words on Monday’s episode over differing reports of African students and migrant workers facing racism as they flee Ukraine.

Hostin said she found the reports “particularly upsetting” of African students being “denied passage out of the country.”

“The Nigerian president has been tweeting,” she said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the Ukrainian border guards are letting women and children, and then men, and then the Nigerian students [out].”

“I have seen the same reports, which I thought were troublesome, too,” Navarro replied.

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Navarro then spoke about her experience being “a refugee of war” when she was forced to flee to Honduras from Nicaragua.

“War is chaos. And yesterday it gave me some comfort to see [chef] José Andrés, who tweeted out — he was there with a Nigerian woman, and he said he had spoken to people from India, and Congo, and African countries, and Jamaica, and that was not happening,” she said.

Hostin countered by saying one of her friends is working on the Polish border and “she assures me that it is happening” while Navarro continued to say chef Andrés is saying it is not.

“You are both right, but there are boneheads on both sides,” moderator Whoopi Goldberg told both women during the heated debate.

“Both things are happening — people are able to get out and a lot of people are not. The bottom line is, what the people are doing is they are standing up and helping folks get out. They are trying to help people get out,” the Sister Act 2 actress said.

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Andrés posted a video on Sunday from Poland where he has his charity World Central Kitchen handing out food to refugees. He spoke with an African refugee who said “we didn’t actually face any problem coming here. We just got to the border and we entered. We just had to stamp our visas and it was sorted out.”

As previously reported, several African students told reporters over the weekend that Black people were not allowed on buses and trains leaving Ukrainian cities, and they alleged there was a “black line” for evacuees of color.

Watch a video of The View exchange below starting at the 2:40 mark.