Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was one of many who criticized comments made by successful African American talk show host and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, when she spoke of the privileges of being white and her personal success despite her skin color.
In a recent episode of “The Oprah Conversation,” Winfrey spoke about what it means to be white and the supposed advantages it has. During the show, she claimed that whites are racist even when they don’t realize it, even urging her guests to admit it, and her white guests had no choice but to agree.
During the episode, Winfrey said of white privilege meaning, “You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘White privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter what.”
““Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us:” “You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.” What utter, racist [expletive removed].” Cruz said on his Twitter account.
Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us:
"You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.”
What utter, racist BS. https://t.co/02PADVJkrZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2020
Cruz was not the only one to criticize Winfrey’s media comments. The cartoonist of “Dilbert,” Scott Adams and many people on Twitter also intervened and shared their opinion.
“Oprah is obviously racist,” Adams said in his tweet.
Oprah is a racist, obviously. https://t.co/awhLvNG878
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) August 5, 2020
Winfrey’s new program and Cruz’s comments came as racial tensions grew exponentially over the past few months, especially since the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Floyd’s death, which led to a police officer being charged with second-degree murder and three other misdemeanor defendants being jailed, sparked widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism. While many of the protests were peaceful, many others turned into violent riots on the streets of major cities.
Black Lives Matter
When talking about racism today it inevitably leads to mentioning Black Lives Matter, the global organization that’s mainly in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. It began in 2013 with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social networks, after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the shooting death of African American teenager Trayvon Martin.
Its mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in the violence inflicted on black communities by the state and the police.
Participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous African Americans by the police, the most recent episode being the death of African American George Floyd. In many cases, they have called for the dissolution or reduction of the police force.
This organization, however, has been widely criticized for its Marxist ideals, where struggle and violence are strongly rooted. Patrisse Cullors, another co-founder of the BLM described herself in an interview as a “trained Marxist.”
There are many African Americans who, far from feeling identified with the movement, express their profound rejection. Such is the case with African American civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, who is highly critical of the BLM movement and its growing influence in the Democratic Party, “BLM does not speak for black people. I can assure you that we African Americans in these democratic cities want law and order,” he said a few weeks ago on the “Life, Liberty & Levin program.”