Oprah Winfrey has seemed to flip her script somewhat on racism as well as redefining racism with her political party affiliated cohorts. Now it appears that if you don’t agree with the policies nor direction of leadership of someone, you are a racist. Regardless of your color and beliefs you are racist and to go along with that only ‘they’ (Oprah and the company that votes the same way) can play that limitless-every where-you-don’t-want-it-to-be-nor-should-it race card!
Like so very many others, I used to be a huge fan of Oprah’s, I admired everything about her personality and how well she could communicate with others. I never imagined the day would come where I cringed and loathed to hear her voice, let alone to see her name in print. Why? Because it seems like her favorite beat now is racism, and not as it was portrayed years ago when she addressed the issue of racial hate with youths in America segment or the Georgia Forsyth County show episodes. Those episodes show the true definition of a racist, or those with prejudices.
Racism once again is defined by Webster (for the purists) as being: “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race” or “racial prejudice or discrimination.” Racism was always fought against based upon those pure defined premises and not because someone you have high regard for is not popular with everyone, discrediting those that are of the same racial identity for census purposes as you and the person you are championing. Black conservatives and well, really any Black Americans that do not agree with the policies and leadership of Barack Obama, are blatantly not counted and deemed often as “tokens” and nonentities by those whom also pitch their tents in Oprah’s camp.
Oprah Winfrey, one of America’s most beloved talk show hosts stated in a 1991 interview with Entertainment Executive for the Academy of Achievement’s Living Museum in Washington D.C. stated,
So I was hired as a token, and had to take the heat from my college classmates — I went to an all-black college — with them calling me a token. And I used to say, “Yeah, but I’m a paid token!” At the time I didn’t even know it was a pun……. Oh, you trying to be white. You are trying to talk white. You are trying to be white,” and so forth. Which is such a ridiculous notion to me, since you look in the mirror every morning, and you are black, there is a black face in your reflection.
So with all that said Oprah and in reference to your reference of your fellow college associates from those days it appears you were a victim of racism by actions deemed “non-black/atypical”, and prejudices from your own racial peers.
Oprah also stated: I would have to say that I, for the most part, have not been, as far as I know, affected”, during that segment of the interview. So one would have to say, that during those still turbulent times that were still fresh from the decades of civil rights battles for blacks in particular, Oprah felt that while being one of the “quota” to fulfill a job, she was not affected by racism and sexism…hmmm… Yet flip the script and fast forward to 2013 and Oprah is seeing discrimination everywhere and with anything to do with President Barack Obama. Just recently her interview with the BBC’s Will Gompertz to state,
There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American,” she said. There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.
There were the same levels of disrespect also there for Pres. Obama’s predecesors, yet I don’t remember this level of celebrity outrage with charges of racism. I remember seeing numerous blogs, opt-eds, cartoons and media material depicting Pres. G.W. Bush in a racist light, heck just go ahead and Google, ‘Bush Racism’ and click on images, you won’t be disappointed. I do agree with Ms. Winfrey that yes there is still racism in America and globally, but one thing she seems to forget, there are those that in moments of rage and being fed up with the same road blocks will lose their temper as well as their control in regards to her reference to congressman Joe Wilson’s behavior, but that is not indicative of the sentiment of those that once again I will state for the record, do not agree with Pres. Obama’s policies, and direction of what we deem as inexperienced from the start failed leadership.
With all that said I would like to conclude with, you can flip the script anyway you want, but perhaps some should keep in mind their own words and words I try to live by everyday without seeing racism as I try to strive for excellence.
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism~Oprah Winfrey