In Apple TV+ series, Oprah Winfrey says being White ‘gives you an advantage no matter what’
Oprah Winfrey discussed the advantages White Americans have over non-White communities in terms of reaching success on her new Apple TV+ series.
The media mogul had an in-depth discussion about climbing the ladder in corporate America on her new show “The Oprah Conversation.” Winfrey’s first episode featured an interview with former NFL player Emmanuel Acho. The episode’s title, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Part 1” is based on the former linebacker’s YouTube series and upcoming book of the same name.
Acho begins the episode with a statement to viewers, explaining that he believes in order for White people to understand systemic racism, it starts with having an understanding of the “full level of pain” Black citizens experience.
“I fervently believe that if the White person is your problem, only the White person can be your solution,” Acho said on-camera via The Washington Times.
Acho went on to say that, in America specifically, White people “run America.”
“CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, execs, ownership, they run America,” he continued. “Not an individual person, but collective White people.”
Winfrey echoed Acho’s comments by stating that while there are White Americans who “are not as powerful” as the system of White people as a whole, they are still at an advantage.
“No matter where they are on the rung or the ladder of success, they still have their Whiteness,” Winfrey said.
The television executive went on to define White privilege in her own terms.
Winfrey’s episode comes at a time when demands to end racial injustices are at an all-time high in America following the death of George Floyd. While the coronavirus has surely proved to be a blocker in terms of Winfrey’s efforts to join Black Lives Matter protesters, her Apple TV+ series is just one of the ways she’s lending her voice.
“Lending her voice”