Sen. Ted Cruz slammed media mogul Oprah Winfrey over her recent comments that “whiteness” gives people an advantage “no matter” what.
“Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us: ‘You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter,’" the Texas Republican tweeted Wednesday. “What utter, racist BS.”
Cruz was referring to an episode of Winfrey’s internet show in which she was joined by former NFL player Emmanuel Acho and others to discuss race relations in the United States.
“There are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people — the caste system that’s been put in place — but they still, no matter where they are on the rung or the ladder of success, they still have their whiteness,” Winfrey said. “Whites have a leg up. You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.”
Acho agreed with Winfrey and said that the U.S. is “run by whites” and explained that he has warned his white friends about raising their children to live a “white” life.
Winfrey was criticized, primarily by conservatives, for her comments, with many pointing out that she is one of the richest women in the world.
“Oprah is so woke,” Human Events editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted, along with a picture of Winfrey and disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. “One of the richest people in the world with more privilege than anyone else claims that she’s less privileged than you because you’re white.”
“Oprah has a net worth of 2.6 Billion,” conservative activist and Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv wrote.
“So @Oprah says all white people are subconsciously racist?” tweeted Sebastian Gorka, a member of the National Security Education Board. “Guess she doesn’t understand that statement makes her the bigot.”
Author: Andrew Mark Miller
Source: Washington Examiner: 'Utter racist BS': Cruz slams Oprah for saying that 'whiteness' gives people an advantage 'no matter' what