Is it Me, Or Did the Black Community Just Get Played by Oprah? 10 Questions You Should Be Asking

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by Yvette Carnell

Are the natives restless again? As Oprah beats the drum of racism, Black America’s got her back, as never before. The billionaire empress is now caricatured as the victim of a lowly Swiss sales clerk who, according to Oprah, refused to show the Queen of All Media a $38, 000 pocketbook because she’s nigra.   Bad saleslady! Good billionaire!

But before you go jumping on the Oprah bandwagon, here are just a few things you should consider, both about race in general and this case in particular, before forming a final conclusion.

  • The Black Elite, who often consider themselves “special” Negroes, separate themselves from ordinary Blacks until they need us. If Oprah is concerned about race, then why isn’t she hosting a ‘stop and frisk’ panel on OWN? She seems only concerned about herself, and what she perceives as mistreatment at the hands of a white woman. Is it all about her…. and her $38,000 purse? Just as it was about her experience at an Hermes store awhile back?
  • Oprah is currently promoting the movie “The Butler.” Is it impossible for black folk to even consider and question the timing of Oprah’s accusation? Or do we just run to the defense of every black person who cries racism?
  • The saleslady at the store said that she never refused to show Oprah the purse because of race, saying she makes money from commission, and not showing Oprah the purse based on racist grounds doesn’t make any sense. Doesn’t she have a point?
  • Also, the saleslady says Oprah was treated warmly and shown several purses in the store, something which Oprah never denied. Does that sort of treatment sound like the treatment of a woman with a racial axe to grind?
  • Is it possible that Oprah, coming from one of the most racist countries in the Western World, has her own baggage, and felt slighted, even though that’s not what the saleslady intended?
  • Could the saleslady’s attitude have been more about class than race?
  • Why does Oprah Winfrey, a billionaire, still seem so desperate for white acceptance? As the saleslady pointed out, the owner of the boutique was at Tina Turner’s wedding along with Oprah, so why not take it up there, as a private matter? Why did Oprah feel the need to answer a reporter’s question by recounting this incident? Why did Oprah feel the need to bring international attention to her not being allowed to buy a $38,000 handbag?
  • Is it morally acceptable for any elite to turn an ordinary person’s life upside down over a perceived slight? Doesn’t that make Oprah a bully?
  • Why do we believe that Black Elites are any less cunning and flawed than White Elites?
  • Who gives a damn about a $38,000 pocketbook anyway when there are so many other larger issues at play?

Listen Black America, a whole nation has apologized to Ms. Winfrey over this nonsense, and you should get over it too. You shouldn’t have allowed yourselves to be used as a tool and worked into a frenzy by Ms. Winfrey’s PR campaign in the first place. Save that for a time when Ms. Winfrey can bring more to the silver screen than “The Butler”, which is nothing more than a 2013 rendering of “The Help.”  Maybe when Oprah decides to use her platform to share authentic black stories, we can be there to support, but until then, let her fight her own battles.

535 comments
AwakenTheNextlevel
AwakenTheNextlevel

Also, until you know for a fact that Oprah lied for attention, it is merely speculation and speculation in this matter is only so you can get some of the attention that Oprah has garnered. So, tell me, why are you talking about this? FOR FAME and ATTEMPTING TO USE OPRAH's name to achieve your goal.

shbkyn45
shbkyn45

@AwakenTheNextlevel  There are a few.  One the educational system is racist, black students have been learning from a racist curriculum, hendering their true education, I have been involved in trying to change it.  Afurakan people need to be about self determination, I have been involved in sharing many reasons why we should be about self determination, like what Marcus Garvey had started.  I need to ask a question of you, why is it when people give an opinion, and those like yourself, who disagree the first thing out of your mouth, we a jealous, and if you say this about my opinion, obviously, this is what you say about everyone you disagrees with.  Your response is nonsense, and I get tired of responding to nonsense.

essencereynolds27
essencereynolds27

No...Gloria Dylan Wilson, I don't think the Author is white ... I belive she may be one of us... The issue is "we" have people in power that can really make real changes starting within our own community FIRST and thennnn once we get it together then you "help" outside communities. ...just like any other race. On another note I being a women if color doesn't like a blog for whatever the reason I don't comment at all and keep on clicking towards something that better suites my fancy.

Most importantly it would be made clear not to argue with someone respectively and end by saying "I will agree to disagree with whatever you and another commentor disagrees about ... This is the AUTHORS SPOT and usually when you don't like someone else's spot you or anybody else can feel free to never come back if you choose to.

One other thing what really burns most of "us" up especially what we call a "Uppity N... " is anybody outside of our race choosing to come on a blog spot or YouTube videos or whatever and clearly see the Header and choose to make comments that has nothing to do with your race or an"uppity n" mentally.

I also feel like it is issues within our own race that needs to be fixed and addressed. Some Authors or public figures should put you on blast and "we have a right to agree or disagree with it, that said nobody is wrong but another race coming on this forum or any other .. trying to make us think we shall over come speach just because we have "arrived" as individuals rather then a whole. Just saying ...

shbkyn45
shbkyn45

@BlackRobbb @shbkyn45  You understand the same thing I do.  You see the same thing I do.  These white woman, they know she made them feel good.  You know the, "You poor baby", and they just cried their little hearts out on her shoulders.  I bet after each and every show she had to change cloths from being wet from their tears.

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@essencereynolds27 "Give 'em a coupla brown faces in high places -- that'll shut the n*##@& up for awhile!" -- Old Money elites

CarolParks
CarolParks

@jyzjnz, @Gloria Dulan Wilson,

There are so many positive & wonderful Black Americans to be admired, including Oprah. It seems nothing positive is ever written about here, especially the President who is constantly being tore down. What a horrible shame that with all the success of the President, & others people feel like they have to ruin his reputation, & others. Where is the loyalty? There are plenty of White politicians to tear down, especially the GOP.

BE PROUD of all the wonderful accomplishments of Black Americans. Children now know a Black child can grow up to be President.

And Kwanzaa is a personal choice, & it is something special for anyone to celebrate & enjoy. Just enjoy your life.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

Really?  A black child can grow up to be President?  Seriously?

That won't happen again unless that child has the right lineage.

shbkyn45
shbkyn45

@BlackRobbb @shbkyn45 I agree with everything you say.  Yes she was paid very, very well to help depict the black man as a criminal.  Look every black person in we see out here who becomes millionaires in her case billionaire, they are being rewarded for doing something to destroy the black man.  Or in many cases, just show a love for white people.  I can name them.  Most of them do not have any special talent.  I appreciate breakingbrown for being true to blacks giving  information we can use. 

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

Yes, I absolutely think a Black child sees this President, & it inspires him or her to believe more in themselves, & that they too can become President or anything else they aspire too.

You should read the article in the October Rolling Stone magazine, it was a brilliant piece about President Obama.

I also believe very strongly the more Women, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Indians, etc., that we have in Government the better this country would be. We are a melting pot of everyone, & our Government should reflect that. If they can reverse the Supreme Court decision, about all this money in politics, we might have a chance.

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@CarolParks You mean a black child will see a chain-smoking puppet like Obama and feel "inspired"? I agree, but only if that child aspires to be the next Pinocchio. 

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

Sorry this country is not a melting pot.  If so the pot would contain garish colors.

It would be nice to reverse the SCOTUS. Actually, it would be better if they were replaced.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

Yeah, if they are willing to be a Manchurian Candidate or have a direct lineage to the British Crown.

shbkyn45
shbkyn45

@CarolParks  If you understand white supremacy, things do not work out most time like you are speaking of for blacks.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest @CarolParks 


Really?  Are you really that childish and haven't a clue to reality?

It is common knowledge that Obama is a Black man, it is just that he was raised in a white world.  He uses his Blackness when it is to his advantage.

There are many ways a Black person can be Black.  It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out.  I will not waste anymore time explaining this to you.

So while you are on your knees doing stupid stuff like praying, just remember as I walk by I will not shove my foot up your rear so far that your prayers will need someone to dust the bottom of my shoes off.

I understand what Black means, however, in your case, you have no clue as to what is really Black.

BTW, @CarolParks, I bought all three pairs of the shoes I told you about.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BlackRobbb, @queenofmeanest,

You may not like our President, but you cannot ignore the racist threats he has been receiving even before being elected President. He has had more threats on his life then any other in history. Not to forget the many racist statements coming from Congress, & others.

Questioning his " Blackness", is ridiculous.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@blackRobbb,

Whether you like the man or not, it is of historical importance that we elected the first, Black President of the United States. Hopefully there will be more including Black women, Women of any culture, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, etc. The hold of the " all White, old men", running this country, needs to CHANGE.

President Obama, will always be a very important historical figure, for future generations to come. And when people read what he accomplished despite the massive force fighting everything he wanted to do to rebuild this country from the depths of a depression, they will be amazed.

Be honest, the fact is, if he had not been elected the American Auto Industry would not exist right now. Look at the success it has had thanks to this President.,and all the companies associated with the Auto industry.

The American Care Act, would not exist, bin Laden would not have been killed, we would be involved in at least two new wars, and I am certain we would have been in the worst depression to ever hit this country.

He just made a very important agreement with China also to control green house gases for the environment. Gas prices are down, unemployment is at 5.7%. And people are spending money, real estate has gone way back up again, & he's trying to cut the interest rates for college students. That, & a lot more is why we are very lucky he was elected.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

I meant that we have all cultures, & religions & atheists living in this country, a melting pot of everyone. Garish colors? Lol! And I believe the White ppl are already the minority, they just don't want ppl to know.

Yes, I agree about the SCOTUS!

CarolParks
CarolParks

@shbkyn45,

Yes, I agree our system is racist, & totally corrupt. White Privledge does exist. But, what I am saying is that a Black child seeing a Black President will inspire that child that he or she can accomplish anything they aspire to. I didn't say it would be easy, but it will be possible.

I also hope the future of this country will become equal for all. Although, I believe that will still be a long battle.

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@queenofmeanest Maybe if you weren't so vapid, you'd realize that "black" refers to a whole lot more than skin color or national origin. 

There's nothing "black" about Obama -- he just did a little "bop" and swag to get delusional folks like you to give him your vote. Once he got your vote, he reverted back to his natural form. 

I kinda get why you're so slow on these things. You live in TX, right? That would explain a lot. Now go back to counting oil refineries and polluting your lungs.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

Lol! You are too much! All three pairs? :-D....I hope you & hubby had the best time ever!

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@CarolParks Tell me one thing "black" about Obama. While I don't condone the racist rhetoric directed at him from various directions, this is part of what he bought into when he allowed the money masters to SELECT him for this office. He betrayed those who voted for him and is now being assailed by those who didn't. I'd call that KARMA.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

Now that Odrama has signed the Executive Order legalizing illegals even with strings attached.

Are you still proud of Obama?

I will not hire illegals, semi-illegals or in between illegals.

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@CarolParks Under your first black president:

1. Unemployment for black males has actually gotten worse.

2. Wall Street was bailed out, but Main Street was neglected and told to fend for itself.

3. Obamacare is a joke that is opposed by the majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/070114-707080-government-audits-find-huge-obamacare-failures-.htm

4. American troops are still stationed in all corners of the globe, including parts of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

5. Bin Laden's body was conveniently never recovered. For all we know, the Washington-controlled media could have participated in yet another state-orchestrated farce foisted upon the American people. 

The old money elitist white men who control the world economy do not care what race/color the puppet president is -- only that they pull his strings and control his actions. 

Please stop being vapid and naive.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

I said the same thing you have just said, several days ago.

Obama never got my vote. Not the 1st election or the second election.

BTW, by my working in the oil industry, let's just say that I am keeping your butt warm in NYC.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

Let's get something straight "LITTLE GIRL", i don't know where you get the right to criticize me because I know what is going on.  You were the one that tried to take a swipe at me and yet you are still missing your mark.

I guess it is the lack of Testosterone that is making you loopy and a liar.



Obama is a black man, he is just a black man that has never lived his life as a black man let alone experience what blacks have gone through over the years.


I did say that he has lived in the white world and that is the truth.


Now name a post saying that I voted for Obama.


As for my living in Texas, at least I have a job and a career.  Maybe you should pull up your pants and stop showing your panties and get a job.


FYI, as for me being slow.  Let's get something straight toots, I will forget more than you will ever learn.


What I see is a poor pathetic feeling sorry for himself African American who has no direction in life.


I don't count refineries, I run oil rigs and FYI, my lungs are not polluted,but your mind and lack of intellect is.


TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW AND NOT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

I have not seen him since I gave him the keys to the car.  He got into the car with the bow on it and took off.

 

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@shbkyn45 @queenofmeanest @BlackRobbb @CarolParks 

Ain't that very christianlly of you. No you can kiss jesus rear and you stay out of grown people's conversation.


I don't have time to waste on ignant people like yourself.


Are you BlackRobb from which that original message was sent from or are you trying to be the other village idiot?


CarolParks
CarolParks

@shbkyn45, @queenofmeanest,

The Queen, is not violent. She is a Lady who just tells it like it is.

dedav2222
dedav2222

@BlackRobbb @CarolParks Black Robb, your ignorance is showing.


A black person is an american who has a black, white or american indian ancestry and who is of african descent.


The president's mother is white and his father is african. He has black, white and american indian ancestors. That makes him black. A person only needs one american ancestor and be of african descent to be black.


If you read american history, you will discover this fact. Research black indians. So, stop this silliness and start loving yourself.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BlackRobbb,

Many people have said I am naive, but I really like most people, & like to think the majority are caring, decent human beings. I think everyone should do what they can to make the world a better place, as cliche' as that may sound, it's important.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

You mean you voted for MittRobMe? UGH! And McCain,

&...... Bailen Pailen?

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@queenofmeanest You read way too many feminist novels, dear. You femiNazis are in for a very rude awakening if you think you'll get much traction in America. Maybe Europe, not here. Peddle that crap someplace else.

Like I said, Obama's about as "black" as Rosie O'Donnell.

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@queenofmeanest Yourr "job" involves being on your knees with your eyes closed and your mouth wide open.

Your definition of black is sorely lacking. Maybe that's because you live in TX and are used to someone else telling you what to think. 


If we matched intelligence levels, I'd leave you in the starting blocks, luv. I've been playing chess since age 6 and have forgotten more about life than a loud-mouth tranny like you will ever know.

Now get up off your knees and do something useful like getting dinner started...

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

Now I know you are joking! I would guess if that were true, you would have hunted him down, & taken those keys back! ;-D

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@queenofmeanest Take your Prozac, put a cold compress on your forehead and lie down. You're gonna be on the blood pressure medication again soon if you keep this up.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

Oh hell to the naw on all three.  I voted for Cynthia McKinney.  Anyone who tell Dickie Cheney to F.O. got my vote.

The second prez election.  When Ron Paul said that there are no good candidates for the Repubikan party and he is including himself.

That's a damn shame.  I did not vote on the second prez.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

Shake your family tree and see how many blacks fall out.

BTW, I flagged your last post to me and I sent a copy of it.

BYE BYE TROLL

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A DICTIONARY?

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

Chess?  Is that the best you can do?  You are claiming that I need someone to tell me what to do?

ROFLMAOPIMP.

Now read my word very carefully.

I do not take any form of abuse from anyone, especially the likes of you.

I have noticed that you have problems with strong BLACK women, who can do for themselves. 

You have lied on me repeatedly.  You accuse me of voting for Obama, when it is very clear that I do not like the man.

You have continuously lied about my being a feminazi. There is nothing in any of my posts that I support Oprah or any form of feminism.

As for that on my knees and tranny comment.  You have a tendency to pick up those exact words from Tartbond.


And then you have borrowed your nerves from your wife to demand that I get up and fix dinner?


My husband and I have a cook that prepares our meals.  But if you want me to prepare your last me, contact me.


I can make a very mean Paella with ground glass.  Just let me know what color of glass you want me to add.


I can be very nice, but I can be a very mean cold hearted, stone cold "Bytch". 

YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO DISRESPECT ME BECAUSE I CAN THINK FOR MYSELF AND YOU THINK I NEED YOUR APPROVAL TO SPEAK AND THINK.

YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO CALL ME NAMES AND TRY TO ORDER ME AROUND?

I DON'T SEE YOU DISRESPECTING CAROLPARKS LIKE YOU HAVE DISRESPECTED A BLACK WOMAN. ESPECIALLY, WHEN SHE IS THE ONE SINGING THE PRAISES OF BOTH OPRAH AND OBAMA.

That right there shows your true color.


Nothing from this point forward will prove your credibility.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

GOTCHA TARTBOND.  I knew sooner or later you will show your true face and colors.  IT TOOK THE RIGHT WORDS TO BAIT YOU.

ACTUALLY, I LIVE IN COLORADO.  THE OIL COMPANY THAT "I" WORK AS 5 OFFICES IN THIS COMPANY.


TEXAS IS THE NO 2 OFFICE.  BTW, THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS PICKING UP LEAPS AND BOUNDS. MANY WOMEN AND MANY A BLACK MAN IS DO WORK THAT YOUR KIND REFUSES TO DO.


ENTRY LEVEL WITH A ASSOCIATES DEGREE IS $106,000.


NOW YOU GO BACK TO WORK AND TAKE OUT MY TRASH.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@CarolParks 

I know where he is.  He and his college buddies are out ice fishing.

Funny, seeing a sports car parked at a fishing location.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

You know I'm more into spirituality, then religion, ( former Catholic), but I swear if the Devil was here on earth, it's Dick Cheney.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

Good afternoon Lady! I have been reading all the back & forth between you & Robbb. Something must have gotten mixed up somewhere, because you both agree on just about everything. I'm the one that usually doesn't agree with either of you! :-D

I have been posting on here for a long time. And awhile back, Robbb & I were not exactly debating the issues very nicely. I told him just leave out the name calling, he called me many names. After awhile I stopped responding. Then all of a sudden we were actually debating, & not calling names. So far.......so good. Lol! I'm like you, I don't like nor tolerate disrespect either.

Let's face it, it's great that people have different opinions, it makes everyone think, & life would be so boring if everyone agreed.

I'm very happy that you have invested your money very wisely. My Grandfather always told me, forget the stock market, always invest in property. It's stable, & you can do very well. So it looks like you have a Dynasty! :-D.

One more thing, I know you are tough, but deep down inside is a heart of Gold!

Hope hubby is back, & has lots of fish. If not hire a detective & see what he has been fishing for! Only Joking!

BlackRobbb
BlackRobbb

@queenofmeanest "MANY WOMEN AND MANY A BLACK MAN IS DO WORK THAT YOUR KIND REFUSES TO DO."

You didn't take any English classes when you earned that associates degree, dear? Everyone's a high-paid oil exec on social media. Just look at me -- I own vacation homes in Costa Rica and Bermuda! :)

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

Oh, so now you are revealing your reading literature.  Funny, I never seen the Color Purple and I don't follow Oprah and yet you are calling me a feminazi.

Re-read your post, you posted the same words that Tartbond posted.

POT MEET KETTLE.

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@BlackRobbb @queenofmeanest 

ROFLMAOPIMP.

My kind.  Silly wabbit, trix are for kids.

Is that the best you can do regarding my English Classes?  I have come across plenty of your posts with spelling and grammatical erros.

I have advanced degrees.  

Now please show which post that I said that I have a Associates degree.

So what about your vacation homes. I own vacations homes myself, here in the U.S., Ontario and Nova Scotia, Germany and the Czech Republic, and Barbados.


The skiing in Telluride is fantastic.


CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest, & BlackRobbb,

Come on you two, you both agree on almost everything! Give each other a Fist Bump, & make up! ;-D

CarolParks
CarolParks

@queenofmeanest,

One of those books, The Tower, ( Queens of England), really fits you! & The Color Purple is an excellent movie! :-D ......... & The Food Network & many women would love your Paella recipe.......with glass!

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