Oprah says….

19 Mar

Oprah Winfrey

“The best deterrence to racism is excellence”

But Seth says, “That was Oprah’s experience, but it ain’t the truth. Excellence is more like the best prevention for discrimination.”

And Ray says, “Education deters racism, excellence deters discrimination, and Oprah somehow became America’s first and only Queen.”

But we could all be wrong. What do you think?

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3 Responses to “Oprah says….”

  1. nativenotes March 19, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    I agree with Oprah! Excellence in the context which she used it is very broad. So we have to be excellent students, excellent workers, excellent thinkers. Our excellence is rooted in our ability to be creative, to be innovative, and to passionately do the things we have to do to do the things we want to do. (lifted from The Great Debaters)

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  2. thinkeR March 20, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    To me, excellence is subjective. Albeit good, excellence is a label. Masking one label with another won’t deter anything; it’ll hide it temporarily until the standard of excellence changes. And when it does, then what? Sounds really pessimistic, but it’s not intended to be. Just my thoughts.

  3. Ericlane B April 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Race is relevant to general deterrence because it raises the question of how relevant deterrence is to a group who faces systemic discrimination and enforcement. Moreover, it is a myth to think that there is anything resembling free choice given the collateral damage caused by systemic racism and gender bias.

    Numerous times politicians,upper class black leaders,Oprah and even courts ignored the social context that the “war on drugs” in the United States and Canada is a “war on blacks.” Now, how does that leave out Oprah if she’s considered a black woman. That statement means to me as a black woman that there is a war against me and everyone else in my race. I refuse to believe that because I’m successful that covers up the fact that I am Black and I will be treated differently by every racist person in America. Oprah’s statement clearly deminishes the belief of racist Americans that buy into believing most black people are ignorant.

    Lets not forget there are very much still people who cease to see people as individuals but instead they see most people primarily as members of different racial groups. In my opion I say NO… The best deterrence to racism is not excellence, but that sounds really good..lol..

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