posted on Dec, 5 2006 @ 10:18 PM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
It's been brought to my attention that some think she should do more to highlight issues that affect black people.
Wow. I'm a little nervous to jump in here, but here goes. This is what I said in another thread
Originally posted by HarlemHottie
I feel like she should do more to highlight issues that affect black people, not like she should do that everyday, but I mean, she is black. I
don't know if you've been reading the thread about the police shooting in Queens, but the young 'almost-widow' handled it the way I wish Oprah
would. Let me explain. There are issues, like police brutality, that affect mostly people of color. I am not aware of Oprah addressing that on her
show. However, if she had re-framed the issue as a 'police problem' as opposed to a 'race/class problem,' a few lives may have been saved.
Remember, it was the historical equivalent of 'soccer moms' who got the abolition ball rolling, and the suffrage movement. So, in conclusion, lol,
my problem with Oprah is that I don't think she's fully utilizing her platform. Maybe I'm being unreasonable, but I'm allowed to have an
So, in response to BH's question,
are Oprah and other successful black people obligated to focus on 'black issues' because they're black?
I never said that Oprah should focus
on 'black issues.' The example I used, police brutality, is a serious enough issue that I feel like,
any black person with a camera should be talking about it. I understand that other tv personalities, or whatever, may not have as much freedom as she
does, in terms of topics covered. So, it falls on her. At least, until blacks own a substantial enough portion of the media to change public
opinion, like another former minority group who shall remain nameless.
I'm not telling her what to do with her money
, I'm asking for on-air time, once a year. People listen to her.
Originally posted by mrwupy
You can bet that those calling for her to do more for Black people are the ones who run the charities or have programs specificly aimed at the Black
Nice, Mr. Love and Light
. I'm trying to save lives and you're taking cheap shots.