Some people may think we live in a post-racial world. The Queen of Talk TV certainly does not.
In an interview with BBC about The Butler, Oprah shared her sentiments on racial prejudice:
“As long as there are people who can be judged on the color of their skin, the problem is not solved. The whole generation — I said this for Apartheid in 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.”
Now of course, Oprah doesn’t wish anyone to literally drop dead — however her words emphasize an imagined reality that has yet to come true. Without old ways dying out to make place for the new, change cannot occur. As long as racism and its ideologists continue to live among us, our ideals of “post-racialism” simply remain flirtatious ideas that will continue to float in the wind.