OPRAH Winfrey has been slammed as a “fraud” after she said that being a white person gives an “advantage no matter what.”
Winfrey, 66, made the remarks last Friday during an episode of her AppleTV+ series, The Oprah Conversation.
Chatting with Emmanuel Acho, a former linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles and race activist, the two spoke with non-black viewers to discuss white privilege.
The episode is titled Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Part 1, which is based on the former NFL star’s YouTube series and book that’s set to be released in November.
One guest said during the show that “not all white people have power.”
“There’s plenty of poor, working-class white people. But I think that when we group all of white people together and we don’t recognize the fact that there’s a lot of white people that struggle, and it’s a different struggle as you mentioned because they’re not streaming upstream, let’s call it.”
The guest added that, “If we’re gonna come together and really attack racism and the inequities that are in this country and are in this world, that it’s important not to group all white people.”
Winfrey acknowledged that “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, she said that white people, “no matter where they are on the rung or 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,” she said, adding white people have a “leg up.”
Her remarks were quickly called hypocritical by conservatives who noted Winfrey’s net worth is $2.5billion, per Forbes.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, tweeted on Wednesday: “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.’
“What utter, racist BS.”
Todd Starnes, a conservative commentator, tweeted: “I pray for the day that America becomes a nation where someone like Oprah will be able to become a billionaire.”
“Said the billionaire made a billionaire by her overwhelmingly white audience,” tweeted podcaster Chris Stigall. “What a fraud.”
Irene Armendariz-Jackson, a Republican House Congressional candidate in Texas, questioned why Winfrey was “trying to shame white people as privileged.”
“Miss Winfrey, you are the personification of WHITE PRIVILEGE!” Armendariz-Jackson said, adding Winfrey might be “the richest black woman in the world.”
Twitter user Fred Martin tweeted: "I would love to see a video of Oprah the billionaire, talking to a homeless white guy and saying this to his face. That would be glorious."
It was announced late last month that O, The Oprah Magazine was ending its regular monthly print editions this December after 20 years of publication.
The brand plans to become “more digitally-centric,” and Hearst didn’t explain why it was dropping the regular print edition.
In June, Winfrey said America “is on a tipping point” following the killing of George Floyd in May.
“For black people everywhere, we recognize that knee on the neck,” Winfrey said, referring to the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasped for air for nine minutes.
“And just like in your own family, the family that is our country, cannot move forward without calling out that pain.”
Winfrey continued: “I’ve been talking and Zooming with friends, and the same question keeps popping up over and over: Is this the moment that will finally change our country, where people will recognize systemic racism for the problem and the evil that it is?”
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