Skip to comments.Why Oprah's Story Is Worth Reflecting on as Nation Debates Systemic Racism
Posted on 09/06/2020 5:36:58 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the current debate on racism there is one phrase that keeps popping up: systemic racism. Some people even claim that the situation facing African-Americans is much the same today as it has always been. The key question, however, is what effect do such messages have? People are discouraged when they hear: If you dont succeed, its racisms or capitalisms fault and you really dont stand a chance as long as the system hasnt changed.
That is also not true. There are always examples of people who make it to the top. And we should focus far more of our attention on them role models like Oprah Winfrey, who was born into a poor family, yet made it to the top.
According to Forbes, Oprah Winfrey is one of the 10 richest self-made women in America. And her name is certainly the most famous to appear in the illustrious top 10. No American woman has ever managed to achieve the same level of fame as Oprah by their own efforts.
Oprahs career got started in 1976 with a television station in Baltimore. She was given the assignment of visiting a different Baltimore neighborhood each day to interview local people. Unfortunately, she lost her prestigious position as co-anchor after just eight months. She was demoted to weekend features reporter, which, by her own admission, was the lowest position in the newsroom hierarchy. The substantive stories Oprah was now asked to report on included a cockatoos birthday party at the local zoo. But at least she was still part of the newsroom. When she was chosen as the host of a new morning show, People Are Talking, she felt she had finally reached rock-bottom. Her boss at the time recalls: She really wanted to be a news person. She knew that news was all that mattered in television at the time. She saw daytime as a real come-down, a failure. She started crying. Please don't do this to me, she begged. Its the lowest of the low. ... What I was offering her was a real job and, quite frankly, she had no other option. Oprah finally agreed to do it, but she left his office with tears in her eyes.
It is a tribute to Oprah that she made the best of the situation, and in retrospect what seemed like a demotion proved a great opportunity for her further career. People Are Talking launched on August 14, 1978, and after interviewing two actors from her favorite soap opera, All My Children, Oprah said she felt like she had finally found her place in television. I came off the air, and I knew that was what I was supposed to do ... This is it. This is what I was born to do ... It just felt like breathing. It was the most natural process for me." Her show was so successful that it was soon picked up for national syndication.
Her show drew its highest ratings when it covered sex-related topics. Audiences also responded enthusiastically to features on diet and relationship issues. Later in her career, she reflected more critically on the kind of shows she had initially been so successful with: Ive been guilty of doing trash TV and not even thinking it was trash, she once admitted. Winfrey wanted to elevate her shows by focusing on more challenging featuresincluding, for example, promoting books. In addition to audience ratings, image had now also become important to Oprahshe no longer wanted to shed her reputation for doing trash TV.
She now saw herself as more of a motivational guru. In the late 1990s, Oprah started a series of Change Your Life shows. She positioned herself as the embodiment of the American dream: a woman who overcame a difficult and abusive childhood and went on to craft an unprecedented career for herself and became the worlds first black self-made billionaire. Her story inspired many millions of peoplenot only in America but also in many other countries where her show was broadcast. For Oprah and her followers, her extraordinary success was proof of the power of positive thinking. People were inspired by her gospel: If I can do it, you can do it.
she got started as a black female phil donahue, progressed onto jerry springer type antics, then man-hating, vowing never to hire a white person, etc... her whole career is based upon racism - hers
We have had a two-term black president and first family, and there black people elected or appointed to office at every level. There are still racist people here and there in the USA, but “systemic” racism? Does not exist.
Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.
Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
- Booker T. Washington, historical black educator and Presidential advisor
There is a class of women...
Racial unhappiness will continue in this country until guilty white liberals stop feeling sorry for the 13% of the population who refuse to assimilate into American culture and make a living convincing the gullible that everything wrong in their lives is somebody else's fault.
Aside: people who have time to feel oppressed by statues and place names are not oppressed at all.
Individual responsibility and individuality has been removed and replaced with excuses they can use as to why they cant have what they want. No longer is it you are not qualified, have the necessary experience, dress and look the part. Its now systemic racism that is the reason why you cant have that lawyers position, its not the nose ring, dreg locks, red hair and tattoos on your first interview. We have a dumbed down degraded society now that demands to be accepted for what they are not who they are leading to inept, unqualified, people in positions they would not normally have and we have to accept it and move on.
Gosh, I hadn't noticed.
Teen with 4.0 graduates from a poor mountain town in Appalachia. Poor black child grates from inner city with 4.0.
One has a great opportunity to go to an Ivy League fully funded.
The Miners kid has none.
Tell me again about who is privileged?
Anita Hill........ she was groomed to be a black snake
Bull Schiff. What are these people smoking?
Nope. Nothing that racist fat ass has to say about anything is of any interest to me.
I’ll pass on worrying about the billionaire who has had it so bad in ‘racist’ America.
“Black faces in high places” has been a disaster.
Then theres this talk about pedogate and shes talking about seven year olds liking to be stroked on you tube.
The only systemic racism that I know of goes by a different name: Affirmative Action.
World’s first Black self-made billionaire?
Gotta be a few African dictators that were there first.
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