The issue of racism is front and center in this election cycle. Movements like Black Lives Matter, the National Action Network, and Rainbow Push are stoking the flames of racial discontent and doing it for purely political reasons.
Surprisingly, for the major personal fallout she had with the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey has joined the chorus of those insisting there is systematic racism in the United States. Speaking to a correspondent from the BBC about the movie The Scottsboro Boys, Winfrey issues a startlingly racist statement of her own. “There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die,” she said.
Winfrey, considered one of the most influential women in the world for her media empire, lends credence to a present day movement based on a false narrative by trying to link past injustices with today’s self-inflicted societal maladies confronting the black community. The usually reserved and calculating Winfrey steps in it with her statement.
The false-flag issue of systemic racism in the United States is attracting a misinformed and culturally manipulated throng of high-profile black people to take up the banner of Black Lives Matter—the very movement that protests racism and protests the idea that all lives matter but bases that on skin color.
Winfrey starts out her comments in the spirit of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. Saying that racism to a certain extent exists in our society, she spotlights the eternal challenge of confronting racism.
“Of course, the problem is not solved. As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem’s not solved,” Winfrey said, but it is then that she gets into the idea of generational racism and advances the idea that the only solution is a generational genocide.
“As long as they’re people who still – and there’s a whole generation, and I said this for apartheid in South Africa, I said this for my own community in the South,” Winfrey said, “there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”
Just as important as her words are, so is the manner in which she said it. Ominous, eerie, threatening… any of these would work. Almost as though she was getting pleasure from even considering the fact of an entire generation of White people dying off.
If we were to use Winfrey’s approach to societal ills, we could theorize that the only way to end the scourge of progressivism and liberalism is to create political and ideological gridlock until the selfish generation of the 1960s and 1970s dies off. But, then, that would deny there is an awakening with age that sees the liberal views of childhood give way to a more conservative view of adulthood.
To that same notion, racism has been largely stamped out, not by going door-to-door and executing those who hold racist views but by education, information, and interaction. Actions in engagement and understanding have always trumped killing where solutions to societal ills are concerned. You either affect intellectual solutions or you execute “final solutions.”
Black people, like Winfrey, have a society obligation not to advance the false narratives of systemic racism. They are obligated to gather the facts—not as presented by biased special interest groups—but by serious institutions that free themselves of seeing the world through the lens of race.
Those who are thumping the drum of America as a racist nation are disparaging the graves of over 600,000 Americans who fought, in part, to end the institution of slavery. They are ignoring the fact that America is the only nation to fight brother against brother to end slavery.
Sadly, Winfrey is enjoined in that black racism against the American people. It is disappointing for such an intelligent woman to be so wrong on such an important issue.