In an interview with Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, for the latest episode of her Apple TV series, Oprah’s Book Club, media mogul Oprah Winfrey described America’s “caste system” as “the template for Nazi Germany.”
“How did you decide to focus the book on three caste systems: India, Nazi Germany, and the United States? I think a lot of people get riled up and offended that you’re comparing the caste system here to Nazi Germany, yet we discover that we were the template for Nazi Germany,” Winfrey said, referring to Wilkerson’s claim that Adolf Hitler drew inspiration from American eugenicists in formulating the Nuremberg laws.
America’s racial “caste system,” Winfrey went on to allege, includes “systemic racism” and “microaggressions.” Fact check: America does not have, and never has had, a “caste” system. America is not afflicted with “systemic racism.” “Microaggressions” are imagined offenses weaponized to further the victimhood ideology of identity politics.
All episodes of The Oprah Conversation, Winfrey’s other series on Apple TV, have focused on racial politics. The woman who used to be America’s daytime TV spiritual guru is now its foremost media guru of racial division.