Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oprah Winfrey = RACISM

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This Blog is based on a tough subject and may or may not offend. If it is the former rather than latter, allow me to apologize now and remind everyone that it is my own opinion. An opinion I am not afraid to voice...

So, I am sitting in my chair trying to relax after a long day of eradicating stress from the masses as the dogs are yipping and cats curl around my feet, when I hear that voice. Apparently the channel last viewed from the previous evening is now hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. Quickly, I grab the remote with full intent to change the channel. But, I hesitated. And have since been kicking myself for not following my first impulse.

My interest was provoked because one of my favorite actresses, Lisa Kudrow, was seated in the guest chair next to the Wicked Witch and introducing her newest production, a Reality TV program (insert slap to forehead here and don't forget the inevitable groan/sigh) that traces featured celebrities' geneaolgies back until something noteworthy is found.... well, Ms. Kudrow's family history was truly sad. I admit I was teary as she discovered how her Great Grandmother and all of the people within her village were executed 2 & 3 people at a time by gunfire over a large pit. Will we ever be free of these horrific visions? I was hooked, UNTIL...

Oprah (not surprisingly) turned the program from what might have been interesting and thought provoking into a slave chase. Her next guest was Hall of Famer and ex-Dallas Cowboy (woot woot!) Emmit Smith. Apparently, he was descended from a slave by the name of Mariah Peryear. She was bred with the intention of increasing the slave quotas of her Master, Samuel Peryear, and then passed on to his son Alexander along with a horse and bridle. I am so proud of the way Mr. Smith handled all of this information. He is so much more proud of his journey in life as a result of finding his humbled origins. But Oprah went on to brush this aside as she "one-upped" him by confessing she keeps actual historic documents framed in her main living room that shows her ancestors listed as "personal property".

I felt sick at this point.... Here is one of the world's most powerful women harboring documents of slavery, displaying them as daily reminders instead of promoting the end of racism. I find this to be so wrong and against everything she supported during the "Change" campaign for the current President that I had to come here and speak out! I am not supporting slavery. I am not saying we should forget. I am saying that if those documents were a drug and the addiction is Racism, then keeping them on full display is like walking an alcoholic into a bar and placing a bottle within reach. And then the show got worse and I was eventually so offended I did change the channel. Allow me to explain. But first, listen to some of the racial slurs Ms. Winfrey has shared previously:

Well, we are back from commercial and the next guest is none other than Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Oprah considers him a close friend) You may remember him as the Harvard Professor that was arrested for breaking into his own house then refusing to answer questions from a "honky" officer of the law.  And as if that wasn't enough, he then tried to crucify a Police Officers career by pulling the Racism card, stating that there would never have been a problem had he been "white". But it didn't end there, even though he refused to cooperate with a man simply trying to uphold the law and oath "to serve and protect" , and because he felt as a black man that he was above the very law and order meant to provide protection, this ultimately led to a "Beer Summit" with President Obama. I get so angry when I think of this. I am tired of hearing  people of color scream racism when they are being confronted on acts of lawlessness. Since when was blaming and accusing people of racism an act of defense? Crime has no color, no gender, no social class. I got arrested for PI once and I never thought to blame the officer for racism againt drunk Irishwomen. If this line of thinking is correct, then I should have the right as Irishmen and Irishwomen have been slaves to British Landlords for as far back as history annotates, right?

Sorry to point out the elephant in the room, but the color of your skin no longer makes excuses nor condones your actions. Whoever you are. I will further mention that History Months based on Race is also wrong, and perpetuates the one thing it is supposed to defeat...Racism. We are living in an era where people are connected no matter what their color, social class or gender indicates is the "norm". Frankly, the fact that you may have darker skin than mine, or you had ancestors that were once slaves bores me. Everyone has suffered. EVERYONE. I refuse to accept this as a reason to excuse, promote, condone, or condemn any action that falls outside moral, ethical or lawful doctrines.
Get over yourself ...already.

OK, I am jumping off the SoapBox and getting back to pointing out the Racist in the room, AKA Oprah Winfrey. So, Oprah and her cronie, Henry, start talking about new DNA testing that allows everyone to see how we are all interrelated. Jews & Muslims, Blacks & Whites all share ancestry. I started to think, Hmmm this sounds more positive...and once again I was terribly disappointed. They began to make reference to the Book of Genesis and how, I am quoting Mr. Gates "if there was a Garden of Eden it was in East Africa."  to which Oprah blurts out "some Southeners may have a hard time believing that".  I am going to refrain from typing the word that jumps to mind, I can't even use blanks.
I am so pissed! Racist Female Dog!

I am Southern. I am a lover of all life. I embrace the human race no matter what color, race, religion, or creed. I love you. All of you. And as far as I am concerned, Oprah can go take a long walk off a short pier.

OK, I feel better. Thanks for letting me share.


  1. I'm a little shocked at the things she says. I've never really cared to watch her show, something about her never sat well with me. I enjoyed reading your post, very interesting and informative. Thank you for bringing this to light and in a good manner. Without just bashing and name calling.


  2. Dear Anonymous,

    I am happy you are not offended. And thanks for your support!