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Oprah Coaches White People on How to Navigate ‘Unconscious’ Racism on Apple TV Show

Discussion in 'Current News & Events' started by Lord Vega, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Lord Vega

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    How ironic. A black billionaire who lives a lavish lifestyle is deriding white people for their so-called white privilege. She has it better than >99.9% of all white people.

    From the article:

    Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey advised white people on how to address “unconscious” racism and warned that “first-degree racism” is a phenomenon “in some parts of the country” in the latest episode of her Apple TV series The Oprah Conversation.

    “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Part 2,” the episode’s title, featured eight guests joining Oprah Winfrey and Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL linebacker, who created a YouTube Channel of the same name. The guests — six women and two men — all described themselves as “white” except one Hispanic woman.

    The guests asked various question regarding racial politics, including inquiries about how to broach the subject of “racial injustice” with black people, what words to excise from vernacular due to their presumably offensive connotations, and how to correct other white people for seemingly inappropriate behavior related to race.

    Winfrey urged her guests to be strategic in combating “racial injustice” with white family members, friends, and peers.

    “I think that’s so beautiful … talking to your white friends [and] meeting them where they are,” Winfrey said. “Once you just start educating yourself and you get woke … you should just meet people exactly where they are.”

    Winfrey continued, “Even if you don’t know how to confront somebody, just to say, ‘I’m sorry, that language isn’t appropriate for me. I’m sorry, what did you say? You can’t speak about somebody to me that way,’ so being able to not suddenly become the radical that you are not, but in your heart being able to live out from the heart space that you’re in right now you’re opening up the aperture of your own understanding so to be able to just just just meet people where they are.”

    In the previous episode, Winfrey described “whiteness” and “white privilege” as sociological phenomena benefiting all whites in a racial “caste system” in the U.S.

    White people have a unique role in combating “racism,” maintained Winfrey in the latest episode. “You all are the ones who are going to be able to change the way your friends, your colleagues, your white family members begin to see racial injustice and racial inequities in this country. {snip} It’s going to happen at your kitchen table and in your living rooms and in your soccer games. That’s where it’s going to happen.”

    Winfrey continued, “Your ability to have that influence wherever you are and to speak up wherever you are — to share your heart — I think that’s how we bring about change.”

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    Original article: Oprah Coaches White People on How to Navigate 'Unconscious' Racism on Apple TV Show
     
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  2. alllivesmatter

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    I've watched Oprah for many years and her and her friend have always had their noses in the air and look down on whites. Further, I think most blacks are prejudice against whites IMHO, many show hostile attitudes more so than us. They need to look within themselves instead of always pointing the finger at us.
     
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  3. pdudgeon

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    LOL, I can hear Jimminy Cricket singing in the background.
    "Oh, the World owes me a living,
    Tweedle deedle, tweedle deedle dum." ^_^
     
  4. A_Thinker

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    Oprah wasn't born a billionaire.

    For her first decades in life, she was a poor black girl in the South.

    And ... she has a lot of black family.

    I'm sure she could tell you stories about encountering and, in her case, overcoming racism ... and sexism.

    From Wiki ... Oprah Winfrey - Wikipedia.

    "After Winfrey's birth, her mother traveled north, and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae (Presley) Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963). Her grandmother was so poor that Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which other children made fun of her. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses. When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother was reportedly abusive.

    At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been, largely as a result of the long hours she worked as a maid. Around this time, Lee had given birth to another daughter, Winfrey's younger half-sister, Patricia who died of causes related to cocaine addiction in February 2003 at age 43.

    By 1962, Lee was having difficulty raising both daughters, so Winfrey was temporarily sent to live with Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee. While Winfrey was in Nashville, Lee gave birth to a third daughter who was put up for adoption in the hopes of easing the financial straits that had led to Lee's being on welfare, and was later also named Patricia. Winfrey did not learn she had a second half-sister until 2010."
     
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  5. A_Thinker

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    Oprah made every single dollar of her billions ...
     
  6. Lord Vega

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    You say that as if most billionaires weren't born with their wealth and privilege. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and indeed practically every super wealthy person, all began their careers as ordinary people and then went on to create extraordinary success for themselves. Come to think of it, I know of only one billionaire who didn't work for her money: MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, who pillaged nearly 60 billion dollars from him in a divorce.

    The fact that Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty doesn't give her a pass to lecture white people about their so-called privilege, especially given that she is one of the most privileged people in the world due to her immense net worth. I'm sure her patronizing message resonates well with all those "privileged" white folks in rural Appalachia, one of the poorest and whitest parts of America, don't you think? In fact, she is preaching to the choir, since her audience is generally left-wing. White liberals already oppose racism and always go the extra mile to browbeat themselves over the sins of white people from over a century ago.

    Watch this YouTube video to see how bad all those "privileged" white people have it in Appalachia:

     
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  7. Albion

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    That doesn't change a thing about the matter at hand.
     
  8. A_Thinker

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    Of course, no one is forcing anyone to listen to Oprah.

    Noone has ever had to.

    Oprah speaks to those who want to hear her.

    Why should you care if they do ???
     
  9. Lord Vega

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    I'm allowed to have an opinion on Oprah's "white privilege" lectures and express my disagreement. Why are you changing the subject?
     
  10. A_Thinker

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    Your disagreement about what ???

    Her suitability to talk to people who like to listen to her ?
     
  11. alllivesmatter

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    Humble is a part of growing up in a less than privileged life. It usually gives a gift of empathy. It also keeps you from feeling you are better than others, seeing others as equals.
    I've never seen any of that from her.
    If she is not racist herself than at least a very small portion of her various charities should be for other than black lives.
    Unfortunately, I don't think anyone will be changing their minds about her from this forum. There are too many who idolize and adore her or recognize her as another Ellen D. or Leo., so full of themselves that they are above everyone else. I guess you know where I stand. JMHO.
     
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