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America, Oprah is Not Your Savior


#1

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

Jessicah Pierre
America has a history of looking to black women to save Americans from themselves — while not recognizing or respecting their efforts.
"Why should the burden of cleaning up Trump’s mess fall on a single black woman?” (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

#2

If I was determined to find a black woman to help (NOT SAVE!) me and the rest of the working class, it would sure as HELL not be a billionaire, neo-liberal!!!
Give me Nina Turner and I’m THERE!!!


#3

Or Nina Turner?

Not that Tina isn’t a better choice than Oprah…


#4

OOOOOPS! Freudian? (Another celebrity) I’ll fix it>>>>


#5

Hell! As bad as Trump is, let’s bring back Ike Turner!


#6

Joseph Dietzgen, who Marx described as the workers’ philosopher once said, “If a worker wants to take part in the self-emancipation of his class , the basic requirement is that he should cease allowing others to teach him and should set about teaching himself.” [apologies for the dated sexist language]

Later the socialist Eugene Debs said:

“I never had much faith in leaders. I am willing to be charged with almost anything, rather than to be charged with being a leader. I am suspicious of leaders, and especially of the intellectual variety. Give me the rank and file every day in the week. If you go to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the Congressional Directory, you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians, members of Congress, and mis-representatives of the masses — you will find that almost all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of eminence and distinction. I am very glad I cannot make that claim for myself. I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks.”

They echo the Workers’ anthem, the International:

“No saviour from on high delivers
No faith have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must shiver”


#7

Obviously I’m missing the spirit of this article. But if the main beef is that black women aren’t recognized, wouldn’t having one as president be quite helpful? Also (NOT speaking as someone hoping Oprah will run) I don’t think anyone would think realistically of her or any other politician as a sole solution. At least for me, whoever I’m voting for it’s because I see their integrity, dedication and clear & true passion for equity. So I’d never look for a savior anyways, instead I look for someone who can at least be partner. Sure, would love too to be inspired, but that’s not the driver for my decision making process.


#8

Which renders your opinion worthless.


#9

Yeah, in the game called “How low can American leadership sink,” I fear that Trump is a prelude to even lower rungs on the ladder.


#10

Oprah is a Pied Piper of consumerism, masquerading as a self-help guru.


#11

Copy of an op-ed I have sent to a few newspapers:

Please, Oprah, if you love America, put an end to this media circus now!

After Oprah Winfrey’s inspired and inspiring speech at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7, there has been a very loud buzz about her running for President in 2020. There had been talk, off and on, about an Oprah run, and at one point she denied having any presidential ambitions. But, now, all of the television so-called news programs have spent way too much time speculating on such a possibility.

This is just too much like what Donald Trump did to the 2016 campaign for President. His antics, ego and overpowering personality co-opted media attention that could have better spent discussing the serious problems facing the United States. His outrageous statements made to mindlessly cheering crowds outshouted what any other candidate had to say.

Now, Oprah could do the same to the November 2018 mid-term elections and to the stirrings of speculation about 2020. All anyone can talk about is Oprah. Well, what this country definitely does not need is another amateur in the Oval Office. Sorry, Oprah, but that’s what you would be in the White House. Sitting at the head of a boardroom table does not prepare one to sit at the desk in the Oval Office. Mr. Trump knows that – now.

I do not equate Donald Trump’s fumbling rise from son of a millionaire to real estate billionaire and media mogul with Oprah’s hard-earned and well-deserved transformation from poverty to media darling and CEO of a multi-billion dollar empire. However, even given Oprah’s more obvious greater intelligence, stability, business acumen and overall humanity, she may be no more qualified to run the Executive Branch of the United States Government than Donald.

And then there’s the question of campaign funding. Oprah’s billions could evaporate in a few months in a presidential campaign. That means she would need outside funding. Democratic candidates traditionally have less to spend than Republicans. So she would have to draw contributions away from other, more qualified Democratic Party candidates. And that could be a disaster for the Party and for America.

So I am begging Ms. Winfrey – put an end to this now. State in no uncertain terms that you will not be a presidential candidate in 2020. And, please, ask the Media to let it go. They had a choice in 2016 between ratings and a serious examination of issues and candidates. They chose ratings, and the United States Government now looks like a three-ring circus, with Bozo the Clown in the Oval Office and who, ironically, is seeking to subvert the Media’s constitutional right to disseminate information to American citizens.

I hope that, this year and two years from now, Oprah Winfrey and the American Media will choose wisely and patriotically.


#12

THANK GOD! Everybody should read Naomi Klein 'Getting To No." NO CELEBRITY SAVIORS. And Oprah, while a nice person, has a much better rep than she deserves. NO MORE OPRAH.


#13

She gave us Dr. Phill. I rest my case.