Oh, Lady O! I love it when you tackle topics and issues that people as a whole does not want any affiliation with. I remember vividly when she invited Klan members and other white supremacy organizations to her show, as if that would make their racist viewpoints against blacks any different, especially when our beloved host was as black as they came. Making that decision was a very bold one on her end, not to mention that her new career at A.M. Chicago could have been in jeopardy. Most importantly, Oprah’s life was very much at stake although I never read anywhere that she discussed it.
In 2004, my very best friend and I had the pleasure of being invited to Oprah’s Life Class. The topic was about single fathers and I’m guessing Oprah’s upcoming documentary may touch on this a bit. The only difference now is that racism has reared its ugly head once and all. For those of us who believed that social media and the frivolous use of cell phones has been the demise of our young black youth, can now really appreciate the young person being at the right place at the right time when recording the brutal mistreatment of George Floyd, leading to his death by a police officer, someone who is supposed to “Serve and Protect”.
Oprah’s latest documentary “Where Do We Go From Here?” questioning what black Americans are supposed to do now or what should they expect from our elected officials. I’m not a black man, Oprah, but a black woman who has two autistic sons. The only answer I can give is that I have to keep on keeping on. I constantly tell my oldest son (he’s 27, mild-mannered, never been to jail, sold drugs or used drugs) that in spite of his light-skin that there are places here in America where he is still considered a “nigger” and that he will racially profiled at some point in his life.
It’s a horrible feeling when your black son or daughter are not home and you suddenly hear gunshots and the siren from an ambulance. You pray that it’s not your child; it’s a sad state of affairs that we as black people will never experience a peaceful lifestyle. It hurts a great deal that a black child had to sing that all he wants to do is live. This child should be thinking about graduating high school and going to college, but instead they’re mind is on whether they are going to make it back home to their families.
Oprah’s upcoming documentary interviewing 100 black fathers will include Tyler Perry, Courtney B. Vance, and other beloved fathers we know, will be shown Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9 p,m. on OWN. Please check your local listing.
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