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That’s right. Oprah compares racism to MURDER in her series The Oprah Conversation.
… while perpetuating racism.
Sheesh, 0-100 real quick. Because what’s worse than murder?
She also states that we need to combat unconscious racism. So, even if you are not consciously being a racist, joke’s on you, you’re racist anyways and don’t even know it.
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.
Side note… Uhm, Oprah, how exactly did you become so wealthy in America? Oh, right…
“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.
Okay, cool, five people with lower amounts of melanin. Got it. Not sure why that’s relevant, but I’m sure Oprah will make it so.
Ya know, in the heart of the “unconscious.”
Questions about racial injustice and racial politics, primarily regarding black people, circled among the guests so as to reach a resolve for white people to correct inappropriate, and offensive, vernacular.
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.”
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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.”
Yes, black billionaire media mogul, please let me meet you where you are.
Oprah of course continued by discussing how whiteness benefits all whites in America… apparently that’s a phenomenon my family and I missed out on when we were living in our vehicle and stuck in poverty for decades… but, I digress.
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. That’s where it happens. 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.”
Does no one realize that making a spectacle about our melanin differences literally creates something to “combat”?
What I’m wondering is why there aren’t more discussions about just treating people with kindness and respect, irrespective of who they are.
The good ol’ Ten Commandments, anyone?
Also, why is this just about white and black? Last I checked, there are various shades of skin colors that come from all different parts of the world, most of which have been disenfranchised to some degree at some point in time.
Oh, and enjoy this bit where Oprah attempts an analogy between murder and racism…
Sigh.. please keep in mind that having a lot of money doesn’t mean you are intelligent.
“Black people are currently dying at the hands of white people, and [they’re] getting away with it,” said Acho. “It’s not just that they’re dying. [Their killers] are getting away with it.”
Ahem… black people die at the hands of other black people at rates significantly higher than they die at the hands of white people. Statistics actually show that black people are more likely to get struck by lightning than murdered by, say, a white cop. Anyways, go on.
Winfrey and Acho placed “racism” on a spectrum of severity, using various legal categories based on unlawful killings as an illustrative analogy. Children may “commit involuntary racism” if insufficiently educated, he warned.
“White people [are] not taught about racism,” Acho declared, “so white people end up incidentally committing racism. You have first-degree murder, that is premeditated. You have second-degree murder, heat of passion, but if you keep moving down the line, you have manslaughter [and] involuntary manslaughter.”
“While it is not the same thing as first-degree murder, it’s still an unlawful act that kills someone. In the same breath, there are degrees of racism. While we might not have first-degree racism, anymore, we still have third degree racism, which I draw the parallel to involuntary manslaughter. You’re not physically killing them, you may be emotionally killing them.”
“So your children may just end up committing involuntary racism if you don’t educate them as to the legalities — so to speak, if I can continue with my analogy — the legality, so to speak, of racism, and that is why it’s best to educate and to expose them to that,” the NFL player said.
“I think you do have first-degree racism, still [in America]. Ask that young man who was just caught in the park in Indianapolis, and they were trying to put a noose around him. Ask the woman who someone pulled a gun on her in the parking lot in Aurora, Michigan with her and her children,” Winfrey replied. “I think we don’t have [first-degree racism] to the degree [we used to],” she said, concluding with a warming of “first-degree racism” being a phenomenon “in some parts of the country.”