The Irresponsible Ignorance of Oprah Winfrey
It’s fair to say Oprah Winfrey has never been somebody who commanded my admiration.
- If I wanted to name a black lady deserving of that sentiment, Canada’s Senator Ann Cools ( whose appointment to the Senate remains one of the few good things Pierre Turdeau ever did for Canada) immediately springs to mind.
Or Hirsi Ali, a woman so infinitely better in every way than her far-left detractors, like a certain Jakarta Post occasional scribbler. http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/an-unspeakable-woman-and-an-unspeakable-newspaper/\
Sure. she donates lots of money to good works – which as a millionairess she is in a fair position to do – but the tiresome immodesty of her charitable activities rankles.
If you do good, it’s surely better not to make a song and dance about it – at least that’s what I was raised to believe.
However, my problem with Oprah isn’t her vanity but her ignorance and irresponsibility
Last week, Oprah said Americans know “diddly-squat” about the history of the civil rights movement. She also said that when she hears the N-word, she thinks of the “millions” of people “who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/5/oprah-winfrey-trayvon-martin-same-thing-emmett-til/
As to how much the average American knows of the civil rights movement, I won’t venture to guess – probably at least as much as OW.
But, while any lynching was one too many, it is just idiotic to suggest ‘millions’ of people suffered such a horrible fate. That kind of hyperbole is not far off ‘hate speech,’ for grotesque exaggeration can only incite or exacerbate racial animosity among her target audience.
And adding further irresponsibility to that ignorance, her Twitter outburst on Trayvon Martin goes beyond the bounds of decency. That anti-social individual’s death was, she declared, as bad as the lynching of a 14-year-old black teen named Emmett Till in 1955.
“Let me just tell you — in my mind, same thing,” she said.