Oprah is under fire for declaring that white people are innately privileged no matter their socio-economic status because they’re… white. Critics clapped back at the tv mogul, who made billions off predominantly white audiences, for being a hypocrite.
On the latest episode of AppleTV+ series The Oprah Conversation, which is produced by a company she OWNs, Winfrey and NFL star Emmanuel Acho coaxed “woke” white guests into admitting their own racism.
Oprah goaded one guest, a self-proclaimed liberal named Seth, to admit that he was racist. “You’ve become woke during this period, and realized in that awakening that you are racist, right?” She pointedly asked. “I just want to know how that happened.”
He dizzily philosophized that since he never actively challenged racism, he must innately be racist himself. “I realized I either was a racist or an anti-racist, and I wasn’t – I’m not – an anti-racist.”
When another guest brought up that “Not all white people have power. There’s plenty of poor, working-class white people,” Winfrey responded, “No matter where they are on the rung or ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.”
She went on to proclaim white people have a leg up in society: “That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage.”
Which is rich, considering that Oprah is insanely rich. The television network owner and publisher has a personal net worth of 2.6 billion.
Critics were quick to callout that Winfrey herself is the embodiment of privilege. Take a look at the most notable shots fired:
Senator Ted Cruz was quick to call Winfrey’s remarks “racist BS.
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. https://t.co/02PADVJkrZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2020