Oprah: No ‘Restoration’ Until ‘Racial Injustice’ Acknowledged

Oprah: No ‘Restoration’ Until ‘Racial Injustice’ Acknowledged

August 31, 2020

In the most recent episode of her Apple TV series, media mogul Oprah Winfrey claimed America cannot achieve “restoration” until the nation acknowledges “racial injustice” and a “betrayal” of black Americans.

The episode featured Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who described America as a nation plagued by an “ideology of white supremacy.”

“[N]obody gets to move forward…” Oprah said, “until there is some acknowledgement, some spoken, a claim to the fact that, ‘I did that, and I am sorry…’ I’m wondering how do you think that acknowledgement of what has been done in this country in terms of racial injustice — beginning with slavery — how should that be acknowledged? Is it reparations? What is it? How does it show itself?”

Well, Oprah, perhaps it shows itself in these ways: a civil war which cost 2/3 of a million American lives; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the government’s official apology for slavery and Jim Crow laws in 2008; affirmative action policies; a twice-elected black President; opportunities for a black woman to become a billionaire media mogul and lecture America about “systemic racism”…

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