Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Oprah Winfrey for stating that white privilege is an “advantage.” Cruz accused Winfrey of spewing “utter, racist BS.”
“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,'” Cruz tweeted in response to an article in “The Blaze.”
“What utter, racist BS,” he added.
Cruz’s comments come on the heels of Winfrey unveiling her new interview show on Apple TV+ called “The Oprah Conversation.”
“It’s time to bring humanity back to the conversation,” Winfrey tweeted last month.
Winfrey hosted a former NFL linebacker on the show. The episode was called “Uncomfortable Conversation with a Black Man” Emmanuel Acho. During the episode, Winfrey discussed racism in America and white privilege.
Winfrey stated that white people have a “leg up.”
“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,” she said.
“You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter,” Winfrey added.
Acho then called on white parents to help teach their children how to be anti-racist.
“Here’s what I told my friends with their white children. I said ‘Y’all live in a white cul-de-sac, in a white neighborhood, in a white city, in a white state. If you were not careful, your children will live their whole white life, and at 26, 27, they’ll end up being a part of the problem, because you just let them and allowed them to live a completely white, sheltered, and cultureless life,” Alco said.
He then added that white people “run American.”
“CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, execs, ownership. They run America. Not an individual white person, but collective white people,” he continued. “I firmly believe that if the white person is your problem, only the white person can be your solution.”
Recently Winfrey also brought attention to the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black EMT killed by Louisville, Ky., police. Winfrey used Taylor’s image on the cover of O magazine. It was the first time someone other than Winfrey has graced the cover.