With her Messiah complex on full display, Oprah opened up and doubled down and now she’s being criticized.
Oprah has received criticism for saying that even white people living in poverty are still more privileged than she is because of “their whiteness.” Winfrey said: “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 ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.”
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Even though she was poor when young, many suggested that Winfrey, whose net worth is over $2.6 Billion, is now too far removed, she’s too privileged herself to speak about working-class people of any color.
How did she get here, anyway?
Can you understand how we’ve gone from George Floyd being indefensibly murdered under the knee of a policeman to Oprah Winfrey ranting and raving about white privilege?
Oprah, who is worth nearly $3BILLION, one of the biggest media moguls in US history, and probably the wealthiest black woman on the planet by a wide margin.
Rather, isn’t she a testament to what a person can accomplish with diligence, hard work, self-discipline, a bit of smarts and capturing a few privileges along the way?
Where else is a person more free to put those traits on display and prosper than in the United States?
In what other country could Oprah have taken her shot with what she knew and what she was capable of and become as powerful as she is and a billionaire almost three times over?
How is Oprah’s finger-pointing and ranting about ‘white privilege’ at all dealing with the more serious issues that are worth discussing and fighting for today?
For example, the issue of George Floyd, again, who was a career criminal who had three narcotics in his body at the time of his death to the point that the police so callously and defensively murdered him.
That conundrum – the drugs in the man committing repeated crimes and police searching for a way to respond to the repetition – that needs discussion, that Oprah might try to help explain.