During the latest episode of the Oprah Winfrey series “The Oprah Conversation,” Oprah caused an uproar by coercing her white guests to admit they are racist, at the same time, the billionaire insisted white people have a “leg up” owing to their whiteness.
Both black critics and lawmakers berated the billionaire over her comments.
The video clip, from the episode entitled “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Part 1,” which has gone viral, featured black activist Emmanuel Acho, the black former NFL player. Oprah and Acho conversed with white guests on whiteness, racism, and white privilege, getting the guests to admit they are racist, as reported by The Blaze.
During the interview, Oprah said: Some white people are not as powerful as the system of white people—the caste system in place—but they—no matter where they are on the rung, or the ladder of success—still have their whiteness.[Whites have a] leg up. You still have your whiteness.
That’s what the term “white privilege” is. It means that whiteness always gives you an advantage, no matter.
One of the guests, Seth, a self-described Jewish man from Manhattan, New York, told Winfrey that he must be racist because he’s never been actively anti-racist, reports David Harris Jr.
“You’ve become woke during this period, and realized in that awakening that you are racist, right?” Winfrey pressed. “I just want to know how that happened.”
Seth’s response was to admit he must have been racist his whole life but didn’t realize it. “I was born in the ’70s,” he began. “I was born and raised in Manhattan. I’ve always considered myself to be liberal. Now I’m not only a friend of people of color, but also an advocate … but this movement over the last month has been powerful. … I realized that I couldn’t be not racist. I realized that I either was a racist or an anti-racist, and I wasn’t—I’m not—an anti-racist.” Acho said.
“Whites” leading a “white life” become part of the problem.
Here’s what I told my friends with their white children. I said, “Y’all live in a white cul-de-sac, in a white neighborhood, in a white city, in a white state. If you were not careful. your children will live their whole life white and at [the ages of] 26, 27, they’ll end up being a part of the problem, because you just let them and allowed them to live a completely white, sheltered, and culture-less life.”
Irene Armendariz-Jackson, a Texas Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, was furious over Oprah’s attempts to shame her white guests and took to Twitter.
“And now why is Oprah, maybe the richest black woman in the world, trying to shame white people as privileged?
Miss Winfrey, you are the personification of WHITE PRIVILEGE!”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) also weighed in on the controversy on Twitter.
“Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us: ‘You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter. What utter, racist, BS,'” he wrote.
Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us:
“You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.”
What utter, racist BS. https://t.co/02PADVJkrZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2020
Wayne Dupree, the conservative commentator added, “Billionaire Oprah is now shaming white people for all their ‘easy success’ in life.”
During the conversation, Acho added, “As a black person, white people—the proverbial phrase of white people—they run America.
CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, execs, ownership. They run America. Not an individual white person, but collective white people.”
He concluded, “I firmly believe that if the white person is your problem, only the white person can be your solution.”
Soon people will become afraid of speaking out for fear of being labeled “racist.”
This is precisely the Democratic agenda.