DURING an episode of her Apple TV+ show earlier this month, Oprah Winfrey brought up the concept of "using whiteness as a weapon" and is now being criticized for it.
In the episode titled "How to Be An Antiracist" in "The Oprah Winfrey Conversation," Winfrey discussed the incident in New York's Central Park earlier this year involving Amy Cooper.
Cooper is a white woman who called the police and complained that an "African American man is threatening my life" after he asked her to control her dog in Central Park
Cooper later lost her job with an investment management company and apologized to birdwatcher Christian Cooper, no relation.
"That [incident] brought to life, I think, this idea of using whiteness as a weapon," she said to her five white guests.
Winfrey went on to call Cooper a "great teacher" as it has started a discussion when people might not have seen whiteness as a weapon before.
A guest on the episode who was a white female, reportedly admitted to Winfrey that she had "racist thoughts" about a black man when walking in the park and asked the host why that was.
Winfrey explained to the guest that everything in her world told her that when she sees a black man "danger, danger, danger."
Winfrey told the woman that her world is "television, news, society, the world."
Winfrey's comment has received criticism on Twitter with some users calling out her billionaire status.
"@Oprah was okay with white people when they made her a millionaire. Now she’s just a POS," one user wrote.
"Oprah says that I don’t understand that my whiteness itself gets me through life in ways that blackness cannot," another tweeted. "If being black causes soooo many problems, how did she become a billionaire?? How did Obama become President? Liberal logic baffles me…"
Earlier this month, Winfrey was criticized by top conservativesfor certain comments she made on her show about race.
During the show, a guest commented that not all white people have power.
“If we’re gonna come together and really attack racism and the inequities that are in this country and are in this world, that it’s important not to group all white people," the guest added.
Winfrey acknowledged that “there are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people — the caste system that’s been put in place.”
But, she said that white people, “no matter where they are on the rung or ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.”
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, tweeted: “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.”
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