July 7, 2015 11:40 am

Oprah Winfrey: Black Respectability, Neo-liberal Huckster for White Capitalism or Not?

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most respected women in America, but have we ever taken a critical look at Ms. Winfrey’s legacy? In this video, BreakingBrown founder Yvette Carnell and Benjamin Dixon of The Benjamin Dixon Show discuss the potential harm of Oprah’s self help pronouncements. When people require political change, is it helpful to advise them to turn inward, or outward to “The Secret” and a board full of material goods to change their lives? Has Oprah been used as a willing tool of neo-liberal capitalists? Is she a neo-liberal capitalist? Ben & Yvette debate Oprah’s legacy:


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  • rod k says:

    Oprah Winfrey is a person who is another cult of personality that has used her race and sex to create the Oprah myth. She has been able to get white females to love her under the banner of sisterhood while at the same time having the black community fawn all over her success. She’s made her views on feminism public which appease the white suburban female and she rarely if ever take a stand on black issues. Her latest effort to appease herself in promoting her movies are a laughable attempt to make others believe she is down with the cause. We as a people have to look at our black 1% ers and hold their feet to the fire just as we do with whites. It’s more of a slap in the face to black people when we are exploited by someone who looks like us just to make a buck. That kind of behavior is expected by some whites but when a black person does it what message is sent to the community. To many black elites have bought into the idea that they are somehow separate from the community because of their money. Just like the hypocrite bill Cosby who denigrated black people publicly while at the same time being a serial rapist privately. He was a black elite who told the community one thing and lived his life in complete opposite of the so called values he was preaching. We as a people must stop this hero worship bull and rid ourselves of the cult of personality complex we were conditioned to accept. This is the 21st century not slavery times. We don’t have to live through so called hero’s to make us feel better about ourselves as a people. Oprah’s fame doesn’t put food on your family’s table. A professional athletes salary isn’t going to pay your bills. We have to overcome our own sense of victim hood and understand that super rich people in this country black or white looks at the average person as a consumer of their goods. You will have to pay for their attention otherwise you are a digit in profit and loss statement.

  • Watchful says:

    Oprah is, and always has been, a ‘tool’.

  • rod k says:

    She has a method to her madness. Remember the old Oprah and her shows focusing on makeovers . Just what image was she making people over into. One that was acceptable to American society and what message did that send to those in the black community who wanted to maintain their individuality . You’re irrelevant because you aren’t part of the corporate mainstream. Oprah is a tool for the corporatism of American culture and people especially black people ate her message up without questioning her motives. We are our worst enemy at times.

  • Rick Manigault says:

    Please dear founder. Read my last comment and allow it. I think it will spark a robust debate.

    Oprah is a leader of the modern day Eugenics movement.

  • Watchful says:

    rod k

    Couldn’t agree more, rod … and I also remember the ‘really’ old Oprah, too. : )  I remember her when she was a news anchor in B’more way back in the day cuz living in DC, I was able to pick up several of the Baltimore major tv network affiliates. So I can say that I’ve watched her evolve (or devolve, depending on ones perspective) into who she is today. 


    Also, this is her after she left B’more and headed to Chi-Town where she really began to make her mark.


  • HANNIBAL the VICTOR says:

    White capitalism? And what alternative would you suggest Yvette? Socialism? Communism? How can you promote black empowerment in the United States and oppose capitalism.? The backbone of Capitalism is competition and that is what blacks hate  the most. Thats why you see so many blacks working in the government sector or Non -profit sector. Your enemies are able to use the economy to kick your butts because outside of a sports field ,blacks are the most uncompetitive people in America. This video by Yvette and Ben  can be debunked easily. Go rwead abook called THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR. This victim mentality in the black community better end or blacks are done for.

  • MorganaLeFay says:

    I admire Oprah and her achievements, first and foremost. However, I couldn’t help noticing that as her popularity grew, people of color didn’t form such a large part of her audience. Now although I would not call Oprah somoene who has lost her consciousness, I do wonder whether nay moves could have been made to include a more diverse audience, and talk about a larger range of subjects?

  • hernanday1 says:

    Oprah isn’t perfect but in Hollywood where blacks are usually used to attack other blacks, I have to say its about the best you are going to get out of it.  Compared to rihanna or chris brown or the other rappers and clowns she is at least a decent role model.

  • pierced says:

    Watchful rod k Glad to see someone else mention “cult of personality”.  It is pernicious and is not defined by race.  There are no more Moses and the Savior has been sent already.

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