|Oprah Winfrey's East High Yearbook Picture|
Although I have had differences of opinion with Oprah Winfrey over the years I always had tremendous respect for her accomplishments and I was proud of the fact that she was a fellow graduate of East Nashville High School. I graduated in 1968 and she graduated in 1971. I lost much of my respect for her when she threw her support behind Barrack Obama in the 2008 campaign. I have never been opposed to the idea of electing a black president. Matter of fact I have championed the idea because I thought it was long past due to break the color barrier and I hoped for the opportunity to vote for a black president. Not because he was black, but that he was both black and the best choice for president and stood for my conservative principles. My black friends thought I was crazy when I would predict that a black person would be elected in my lifetime but I always thought that the candidate would be a conservative. The reason I didn't believe that the first black president would be a liberal was that most black Democrats, that have run for president in the past, were radicals like Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton. They had no credibility to any great extent among whites because they were seen as radicals. In order for a black person to be elected they had to be accepted as mainstream by the white community. There are not enough black votes by themselves to elect a president. Black people only make up 13% of the population. Jackson and Sharpton were seen as charlatans by the majority of the white community who would implement a multitude of socialistic policies if elected. They were seen as angry black men who were champing at the bit to get even with white society.
What Winfrey's endorsement of Obama did was to help bring credibility to a black candidate in the white community. She had a huge white audience, especially among middle class white women. Of course we can't rule out the fact that the liberal media threw it's support behind Obama and the Chicago political machine that was also behind him. These elements in addition to a bad economy and an equally bad Republican candidate, John McCain, worked to elect the worst president in American history. He is the most socialistic president and as far as being an angry black man, you cant get any angrier than Obama and he is definitely a charlatan. These are not empty accusations. A good case can be made on each count. However where Oprah loses any shred of credibility with me is trying to compare the brutal murder of Emmett Till with the death of Trayvon Martin. That is the equivalent of comparing Adolph Hitler with Santa Claus. If I were related to Emmett Till I would be furious. Even if George Zimmerman was guilty as sin, which he is not in my view, the Martin case would not even come close to the death of Till in brutality and injustice.
|Oprah Winfrey / National Forensic League / East High 1970|
|Oprah Winfrey / Drama Club / East Nashville High / 1970|