Politics

Why Oprah isn’t ready to be president

Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey accepted the Golden Globe Award. An award she should have won years ago. When accepting, she gave a speech in which she focusses on women standing up for themselves. The speech, ends with a message of hope:  “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.”

The media have gone crazy about this speech, speculating that Oprah Winfrey might (should) run for president in 2020.

Better than Trump

I’ve made it a header, which indicates this paragraph is about how Oprah Winfrey would be a better president than the current loudmouth who shouted his way into the White House. But really, is this necessary? Doesn’t the header speak for itself? Oprah Winfrey would definately be a better president, because… well…because Oprah. And because Donald.

But still, I don’t think she’d be a good president.

What did you just say…?

Yes, you read correctly. I do not think Oprah would be a good president.

Now, before you start writing an angry rant in the comment section, please hear me out. Let’s have a look at the transcript of Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe acceptance speech. It seems like a strong message of empowerment, indeed. And yes, let’s be clear: it is about time we got the whole #metoo thing done. We should’ve checked out with it decades ago. But apparently, there’s still people abusing others.

But..

Oprah Winfrey uses language which divides, rather than unites. For instance:

“In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church.

Why emphasize that these kidnappers were white? And why not mention whether Taylor was black? Did you notice you automatically assumed that Taylor was a black woman? I did. Why? Because of the steroetype that back then, groups of white men would hunt black women to have their way with. If Taylor were white, would it have made sense to mention the skincolor of the bastards who abused her? Not really.

By phrasing her sentence this way, she’s focussing attention upon a racial divide, which is ab-so-lu-te-ly irrelevant. If it were black men raping a white woman, it’d be just as bad. If it were Pakistani raping a Brazilian, or an Eskimo raping a Japanese. It’s irrelevant. Rape is rape, and must be punished. So focus on that, instead of the racial difference. Because the way this is done, is basically stereotyping white men as “racists”. And that, in itself, is racism.

Double racist

I hate racism and discrimination. I hate it with a prejudice. Oprahs’ speech contains two discriminating elements: the black-white division, and the “women against men” division. As a caucasian male, I cannot understand why the same act is bad from white to black, and not the other way around (ever seen those jobs where the black candidate is preferred to get a “mixed team”?). And do you really think it’s only men who abuse only women? Men abuse women. Men abuse men. Women abuse men. Women abuse women.

It’s all bad.

Sure, it’s mostly been men in the past who had the power. And it’s mostly been white ones as well. But that’s the past. As we see (rightly so) other ethnicities gain power, and women gain power, the abuse starts coming from them too.

So let’s just solve the underlying problem, the real problem. And that is not six white (expletives) raping a black girl.

The real problem is that some people just cannot respect other people.

She can get there

I maybe alone in this, considering how all the media are raving about how awesome Oprah, but I don’t think she’s ready. Good thing she’s got a few years to go until it’s time. Because she might, indeed, get there. She might become a good candidate. But she really needs to be aware of the effect her language has on those on the other side. She’d need to drop the activist speechpattern, and become a Leader all can rally with.

I am so hoping for a new Obama…

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