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July 27, 2016

Do Both Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh Want Black People to Get Over Slavery?

Do Both Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh Want Black People to Get Over Slavery?

Rush Limbaugh is trending on social media over comments he made about Michelle Obama’s Monday night keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Mrs. Obama said in her speech. “I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

During his radio show, Limbaugh compared the relationship black people have with America to that of a cheating wife. In order for the relationship to work, Limbaugh says, the husband must forgive his wife.

“Imagine that your wife has an affair … and you decide that you’re going to forgive her your relationship hasn’t a prayer if you can’t let it go”,  said Limbaugh, according to Media Matters.

In order for this country to be united, blacks have to forgive slavery.

The key problem with Limbaugh’s analogy is that it doesn’t account for economics. The husband of a cheating wife doesn’t lose out financially, as black slaves and their descendants have; the husband loses out emotionally. The wife can make up for that with dutiful devotion over time.  When is America going to make us whole financially? When is this country going to make up for slavery through economics?

 

It is also easy to castigate Limbaugh for his comments because he’s a white Republican, but we should recall that even some of the black community’s most cherished icons have in the past held similar views on slavery.

In 1989 even Oprah Winfrey questioned whether it was time for black people to stop using slavery as an excuse, as quoted in Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era.

“I think a lot of people still use the slavery experience as an excuse,” Winfrey said. “Some people are still walking around thinking that this system–now Mr. Bush owes them something because we were in slavery, is that fair?”

Winfrey frequently discussed poor people as a burden to society due to their own personal choices as opposed to the way in which society is structured.

“So, you know, we have all heard stories of how being on welfare takes a hold of some families, about two and three generations of mothers and daughters and sons that get stuck in a cycle of poverty that provides little inspiration to the next generation to to better,” said Winfrey. “People who work and pay taxes have a lot of big gripes about those who spend decades and generations on welfare… Today we asked families–mothers who have raised their children on welfare and their daughters who are also raising their children on welfare–why the cycle gets repeated.”

Keep in mind that these comments by Winfrey were made during a period when war was being waged against black Americans. While black communities were still reeling from President Reagan’s ‘trickle down’ economics and besieged by the crack epidemic, Winfrey was wondering if it wasn’t time for blacks to just move on from slavery.

Winfrey’s views may have evolved since then, but it is important when criticizing Limbaugh to understand that this thinking is present in the black community as well. It is imperative that we
unlearn the propaganda we’ve been conditioned to accept as fact. This applies to African-Americans as well as right wing hacks like Limbaugh.

Watch the clip below as Oprah sets the stage for the descendants of slaves and slave owners to make peace.

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5 thoughts on “Do Both Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh Want Black People to Get Over Slavery?

  1. 44blue says:

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  3. shbkyn45 says:

    Ooooook.  So the racist wants us to forgive them for slavery.   How insensitive, first how many times have whites admitted they committed crimes aginst our ancestors and us up until this day, one …  they never apologized, and secondly the crimes committed against our ancestors and us, these crimes are none forgivable.    These devils are some miserable criminals, talking about forgiving.  Comparing forgiving your wife, and forgiving the devils for 500 years of autocities, and still treat us like slaves, and Rush talking about forgiving them and America.   Who and when any president apologized to us for their people committing crimes against us.

    They still misuse us, look at the prison system, look at the job market for African people.  What I would like to say to Rush and Oprah, this post would not be allowed.  Oh please.

  4. shbkyn45 says:

    This is my first time finding out Oprah said something this stupid, and insensitive about African people being held in slavery.
    The crime of holding African people in slavery is unforgiveable.   When whites and America apologize, and pay reparations, we will never forgive America for what they did to us and our ancestors.   Most people or country do not ask for forgiveness when the autocities were this horrific.
    They try to repair damages, pay reparations, but never ask for forgiveness, because these crimes are unforgivable.  They go around asking Africans for none sense request, they woul never ask whites to do something like this.

    Allow me to speak a little bit more about Oprah.  The white establoishment allowed Oprah to become a billionaire without any talent, because she played a major role to help whites, especially white women, and their self esteem.  Oprah show was about improving white females self esteem, just recently found out they have very bad self esteem problems, why I don’t know.  Each and every last show was about making white females feel better when they had done something terrible or  something terrible had happened to them.  Oprah allowed them to come on the show and cry crocodile tears on her shoulders, when the show was over they all seemed to feel better.  Every show she allowed these spoiled selfish white females to cry on her shoulder.   How many other show host allowed this follishness crying on their shoulders, wetting them up like Oprah.  It was worth a lot of money for Oprah, to act like the modern day slave she is, as she goes around having African people think she had talent that made her a millionaire, no, it was kissing whites you know what, to make them feel good about themselves.

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