The outrage stemmed from Oprah’s new interview show on Apple TV+ called “The Oprah Conversation.” In an episode, Oprah spoke with former NFL linebacker and host of the web series “Uncomfortable Conversation with a Black Man,” Emmanuel Acho. According to The Hill, when discussing racism in America and white privilege, Winfrey said that white folks have a “leg up.”
“There are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people — the caste system that’s been put in place — but they still, no matter where they are on the rung, or the ladder of success, they still have their whiteness,” Oprah explained.
“You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter,” she added.
Many conservative and far-right commentators missed the racial analysis of her comments and just saw Oprah’s money. As one of the few Black billionaires in the world, Oprah is very rich to say the least. However, as she suggested, her money doesn’t separate her from her race or her womanhood. She can very well still move through spaces and experience racism and sexism.
People like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz weren’t trying to hear this. The Texas senator went as far as to call Winfrey’s comments on her show “racist.”
“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,’” the senator wrote on Twitter in response to an article from the conservative outlet The Blaze.
“What utter, racist BS,” Cruz added.
Other conservatives echoed Cruz’s comments with Texas Congressional nominee Irene Armendariz-Jackson writing, “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!”
Again, many people in this congregation missed Oprah’s point.
The 66-year-old media mogul made her comments amid recent attention to police killings, including the death of Breonna Taylor. Oprah featured Taylor, a Black EMT killed by the Louisville, Kentucky, police, on the recent cover of O magazine. It was the first time anyone other than Oprah was featured on the cover, according to The Hill.
In Oprah’s talk with Acho, he brought attention to how white people should be anti-racist.
“Here’s what I told my friends with their white children,” he started. “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 white life, and at 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 cultureless life.”
He went on to say that white people “run American.”
“CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, execs, ownership, they run America. Not an individual white person, but collective white people,” he said. “I firmly believe that if the white person is your problem, only the white person can be your solution.”
You can check out more criticism from far-right commentators who missed the point of the discussion below.
Right-Wingers Troll Oprah For Calling Out ‘White Privilege’ was originally published on newsone.com
Oprah Winfrey says being White “gives you an advantage no matter what.”— Wayne Dupree Media, LLC (@WayneDupreeShow) August 5, 2020
A popular #1 television show for years, 1st black woman to head a television network, ceo of top-selling woman's magazine, hurt America's vast beef industry with one show....
Oprah must be white😜 #wdshow
Oprah Winfrey says being White “gives you an advantage no matter what.”— Rob Smith 🇺🇸 (@robsmithonline) August 5, 2020
Oprah was born DIRT poor, raped as a child, worked HARD, and became an American ICON worth BILLIONS.
Why is a victimhood and inferiority complex her message to Black Americans?
Can someone please tell Billionare race hustler Oprah that Indians, Asians, Persians & even Nigerians have a higher net income than whites. So her white privileged & “cast system” falls flat. She knows this but race war is how these Marxists plan to take down America pic.twitter.com/CBpV59qU9V— Melissa Tate #StopTheSteal (@TheRightMelissa) August 5, 2020
Good morning to all except elephant seal snot clump Oprah. The billionaire black woman who got rich off white people who today, defecates nonsensical racist drivel against them while belittling her own race. F U Oprah— 🇺🇸 Tiff 🇺🇸 (@LATiffani1) August 5, 2020
Have a wonderful day all😁
Epic fail no longer an Oprah fan. I liked you when you were inclusive, interested in healing. Now you’re just a racist. Shame on you Oprah Winfrey. How did you allow yourself to become what you say you hate the most. #TheOprahConversation https://t.co/d7AjmbXDCG— Marcella Gwin 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@MarcellaGwin) August 5, 2020
JUST to make it CLEAR #Oprah is the biggest racist there is. She Always with her criminal pedo white rich friends and backstab the black community EVERY chance she gets. She tried to cancel Michael Jackson NOT wanting to know the truth. She is a despicable piece of trash. ‼️— Dorothy Cecil (@DorothyCecil3) August 5, 2020