I’m sure Oprah Winfrey didn’t mean it this way, but it certainly came across as her saying “African America men are from the ghetto.” In response to a Twitter follower who asks “when are you going to give back to the ghettos?” Oprah responds, “I put 500 African Americans thru college.”
Why would you assume all the 500 black men are from the ghetto? Or associates African Americans with the ghetto? Sure, I knew what the follower was insinuating, but Oprah need not had responded, especially with that buffoonery. The follower made no reference to race, he specifically said “ghetto” an economical reference, she could of simply said she put 500 people through college.
Are there not white people or other races in the ghettos of America? Is there not a high population of middle-class African Americans? Why is her helping African Americans an automatic declaration that she’s helped the ghetto? Those 500 African American men could have been middle-class black people or even low-income individuals (which doesn’t mean you live in the ghetto).
I’m not sure if I’m reaching on this one, but it seems like a little “self hatred”. What do you think? Do you believe Oprah Winfrey was saying African Americans are ghetto? Maybe she’s got so high in her financial bracket. Or maybe she doesn’t realize the insult she passes when saying things a certain way. Of course she’s since deleted the tweet, but don’t worry I got it for ya’!