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miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018

Flashback: Oprah said older people ‘just have to die’

If Oprah Winfrey runs for president in 2020, Republicans would be wise to capitalize on this bit of “oppo-research.”

In a 2013 interview with BBC, the billionaire talk show mogul said that before racism can be eradicated, “older generations” of people “just have to die.”

That’s problematic. Watch the clip below:

Oprah Winfrey “And they just have to die!”

Oprah says old, prejudiced white people “just have to die” to end racism.

Older generations “just have to die”

In 2013, Oprah appeared in an interview with the BBC’s Will Gompertz to promote The Butler, a movie dealing with themes of racism in which the talk show mogul co-starred.

When Gompertz asked Oprah whether racism had been solved, she said that it had gotten “better,” but would never go away completely until “older generations” died out.

She told Gompertz:

I’m saying problem not solved. I’m saying that, you know, that’s the beauty of a film like The Butler, and it’s the beauty of a film like 12 Years a Slave, and it’s the beauty of what we’re seeing on stage with Scottsboro Boys is that it allows people to see where the root of the problem started. It allows people to see, “Oh, that’s where it all started, this is how far we’ve come, and now this is how much farther we need to go.”

But it seems the former daytime television star doesn’t think much more progress can be made until an entire generation is no longer living. She told her host:

There is a whole generation — I said this for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own community in the south — there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.

“As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin,” she added, “the problem is not solved.”

Problematic language

In this often-misquoted passage, Oprah did not specifically call for the death of “white” people. Still, her insistence that an entire generation must pass away to eradicate racism would not bode well should she intend to run for office, as numerous reports show that older people tend to vote much more often than younger citizens — and that gap is widening.

Earning the support of older generations is especially crucial in presidential campaigns, as the baby boomer vote can often dominate an election.

In 2016, voters over the age of 45 voted more often for Republican Donald Trump than Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton, which helped secure a GOP victory.

If Oprah were to run as a Democrat, her poor choice of words when referring to entire generations of Americans could cost her valuable votes.