Oprah On White Privilege: Whiteness Gives You An Advantage No Matter What, Gets Mixed Reactions
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is facing criticism amid her trending comments on racism. In her new Apple TV+ series, “The Oprah Conversation,” she told actress Yvonne Orji‘s ex – former NFL player, Emmanuel Acho – that no matter their economic or social status, white people will always conserve a level of privilege simply because they’re white. Oprah said:
“No matter where they are on the rung or the ladder of success, they still have their Whiteness.”
“You still have your Whiteness. That’s what the term ‘White privilege’ is. It means that Whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter what.”
Oprah is worth $2.7 billion. She is the richest black woman in the world, yet she still thinks poor white people have more advantage than she does because of their “whiteness” pic.twitter.com/g4rNTq1tZj
— Brokeback Patriot (@brokebackUSA) August 4, 2020
The longtime TV favorite immediately garnered mixed reactions on social media for her perspective. Supporters say that she has every right to share her thoughts, considering wealth doesn’t excuse her from encountering racism.
Me watching conservatives getting mad and trying to cancel *checks notes* #Oprah Winfrey for pointing out the very thing that they are afraid will get taken from them if the racial equality movement is successful. Candace Owens’ cousins jumping on board to curry favor.? pic.twitter.com/HrvWbSMfOp
— nocomment (@Dontreadthecom2) August 5, 2020
— Jean Dolin (@j_jeandolin) August 5, 2020
Critics shared their views, insinuating that white privilege doesn’t exist.
Meanwhile, others slammed Oprah for adding to the white privilege conversation – noting that she’s greatly benefited from her proximity to whiteness.
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