Irv Rhodes: Editorial discounts experience of black Americans
To the editor:
Of all of the offensive, ill-advised assumptions, blindness and offensive words contained in the Aug. 16 editorial, titled “Oprah Winfrey’s lost-in-translation moment,” the following quote was perhaps the most startlingly offensive of them all:
“And Winfrey continued to trade telegenically on her personal experience — the source of all her wealth and fame — to make a point about life when nothing in her experience any longer, even race, connects with life as other people live it.”
Just for a moment, think about the words “nothing in her experience any longer, even race, connects with life as other people live it.” The woman just experienced what many ordinary black people experience on a day-to-day basis regardless of their station in life.
It is as if the editor never listen to, read or saw the reactions of black people from all economic strata to the Trayvon Martin verdict. It does not matter how much money or celebrity you have, you are defined by your skin color first. Oprah was just as shocked that this could happen to her.
The scars of discrimination seldom if ever heal and can be brought to surface quickly by acts such as Oprah experienced. Your editorial discounts the experience of not only Oprah, but every other black person in this country. An apology is in order.