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Entertainment

Web Desk
August 5, 2020

Oprah Winfrey under fire for calling out 'white privilege', dubbed a 'fraud'

Entertainment

Web Desk
Wed, Aug 05, 2020
Oprah Winfrey under fire for calling out 'white privilege', dubbed a 'fraud'

Oprah Winfrey has been under fire for raising her voice against 'white privilege' as she gets termed a 'fraud' for being extremely rich and privileged herself.

Winfrey has been labeled a hypocritical “fraud” after the release of the latest installment of her AppleTV+ series, The Oprah Conversation, featuring former NFL star and race activist Emmanuel Acho.

Acho and the 66-year-old media mogul came together for a two-part episode, which included a segment inviting non-black viewers to ask difficult questions about racism and white privilege.

“Not all white people have power,” said one guest. “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 . . .”

They continued, “I think 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 responded, “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 they still, 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.

Following Winfrey's unsettling comments, conservatives were quick to call her out, “And now why is Oprah, maybe the richest black woman in the world, trying to shame white people as privileged? Miss Winfrey, you are the personification of WHITE PRIVILEGE!,” said Irene Armendariz-Jackson, Republican House Congressional candidate for Texas.

Conservative media head Todd Starnes said, “I pray for the day that America becomes a nation where someone like Oprah will be able to become a billionaire.”