When Barack Obama was voted into Office in 2009 in the US – a tearful Oprah Winfrey declared to the world that Black people had finally achieved ‘equality’ with White people and that racism was now at an end! (Spectres of Francis Fukiyama’s ‘End of History’ spring to mind from 1992). When it became clear that Obama was very much from the mould of ‘White’ liberalism – Oprah Winfrey remained silent. Oprah Winfrey also remained ‘silent’ when President Obama financed, armed and politically encouraged the neo-Nazi take-over of Western Ukraine in 2014! Yes – this African-American woman who lives in an exclusive ‘White’ (gated) community saw nothing wrong with the far-right ‘Maidan’ neo-Nazi regime that violently ‘ousted’ the legitimate democratically elected government out of power in the Ukraine!
Like Kamala Harris – Oprah Winfrey is a Black woman with money living within contemporary America! To a great extent she shares a certain percentage of the White privilege that most ordinary Black Americans remain permanently excluded from. This is because Oprah Winfrey supports the system of predatory capitalism that the bourgeois, White population prefer. People like Oprah Winfrey believe ‘money’ and ‘status’ can solve all inequalities within US society and that is certainly the life she lives. Of course, such ideas are nothing but racist myths. Herein lies the contradiction (one of many) whereby Oprah Winfrey relates to the very White society (and its predatory capitalist system) that generates all forms of racism, and which justified institutional slavery for centuries! Oprah Winfrey sees any Black person who points this out as ‘causing trouble’ – in other words, she voluntarily takes on the typical ‘White’ attitude.