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Thursday, September 5, 2013

America Has Been Good to Oprah ...

... although you wouldn't know it from some of her recent comments. A few weeks ago, for instance:
On Thursday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, stars of Oscar-bait The Butler. During the interview, in which Cooper thoughtfully nodded as Winfrey and Whitaker race-baited, Oprah suggested Emmitt Till and Trayvon Martin were equivalent symbols, and that Americans were racist even if they didn’t have ill will toward black people. 
So it was with interest that I read her discussing her beach front home in Hawaii:
... Standing at the kitchen sink looking through the window over a meadow to the ocean, my heart swelled with gratitude at the majesty and beauty of it all. The view, the serenity of one lone horse grazing in a field surrounded by the early morning mist left me breathless. ... I marveled at the truly amazing grace that had led me from Mississippi to Maui. ...
... Every evening we sit on the front porch and watch the greatest light show on earth: the sun dipping below the horizon. Neighbors drop by. We sip drinks inspired by whatever is fresh and delicious -- mango, guava, pineapple, cucumber, basil. We chat, laugh and rate the sunsets according to their magnificence. When there's a full moon, we hike up the mountain and sometimes ride horses to the top to watch the moon rise over the ridge. I love being in my garden, cultivating the most delicious organic fruits and vegetables. Radishes as big as your head. The land gives and gives. It restores my soul.
It must be nice to be the 1%.

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