>It seems that Oprah’s fans have spoken out on her support for Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency.
According to a report by CNN, some of Oprah’s fans have expressed “concern” about Oprah’s allegience.
What are they saying:
“Oprah,” says one, “count me as tuned out for now.”
Another writes, “It’s a real turn off for a lot of your fans.” And yet another says “She has crossed a line and lost my trust completely.”
More specifically, some fans seem to think it’s a racial thing:
“Winfrey has artfully begun her stump speeches alongside Obama with a negative racial tone.”
“Don’t pit blacks against whites.”
Ah…that is exactly what I was waiting for. The inevitable race card people seem to play whenever they see people of the same race aligning themselves.
I’m sure Oprah must have expected some of her fans to react in this manner. Surely, she didn’t think they would blindly support whomever she chose to support.
Oprah’s fans are entitled to disagree with whom she chooses to support. However, their assumption that Oprah is “pitting blacks against whites” shows a subconscious fear many whites have of any attempt of blacks to publicly support each other.
Oprah’s support of Sen. Obama reminded her fans that she is, in fact, a black woman. While she may have a majority white audience and guests, they still view her as a black woman. While she may not invite hip-hop artists on her show, she is still a black woman.
If it’s a race issue, then why didn’t her fans not get upset when she began campaigning for the rights of women and girls in Africa, you say? Simple. The plight of African women and girls is not seen as a race issue by Americans because their plight does not affect us directly.
When white Americans view Africans, they feel less threatened because they don’t have that reminder that their ancestors enslaved, raped, tortured and murdered the ancestors of black Americans. So, it wasn’t about race when Oprah denounced discrimination towards African women and girls. It’s about race when she spoke out for Sen. Barack Obama, a black American man.
Oprah’s public support of Sen. Obama broke the code of being a famous black celebrity–don’t get involved with (left-wing) politics if you want to keep loyal white fans. One famous example is Muhammad Ali. His public opposition to the Vietman War forever tainted him as a radical black man who threatened mainstream America.
While Oprah fans seem to be overstating their “conclusions” of Oprah’s intent, they do have some valid concerns: black cohesiveness have forced long-awaited changes in American society.