Oprah vs. marinated geezer racists
By John Kass
Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Oprah Winfrey figures that old people marinated in racism should just die. She said so the other day in an interview with the BBC to promote her film “The Butler.”
“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,” Oprah said.
And she condemned criticism of President Barack Obama by saying that much of it is steeped in racism.
But it also might occur because his inept administration is failing, Americans don't believe he tells the truth, and the latest Quinnipiac poll shows his approval rating at a measly 39 percent.
It's not just the words Oprah said that are so unnerving. It's how she said them: leaning forward, emoting the “just have to die” part, dramatically nodding her head while pronouncing sentence.
The marinated dead business comes as President Obama last week awarded Oprah — and other Americans of various hues and persuasions — the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award a civilian can receive.
After what Oprah must consider to be her nuanced comments about race, it's clear that the Medal of Freedom is not enough. She needs a new job, and since so many must die to please her, how about this?
Czarina of the death panels. And the title for Chicago's queen of talk?
The Great and Terrible O.
If you're for ObamaCare, you'll insist there are no death panels, merely government investment decisions for the greater good based solely on quality of life and past history.
And if you're against ObamaCare, by definition, you're an Obama critic, meaning you're obviously irrational or even racist, so prepare to die.
Here's the thing about what Oprah said about old people marinated in their prejudices. She's absolutely right.
You can't really train them for anything; they're too set in their ways. And many find skin pigment to be of paramount importance. Some whites would vote for an illiterate white candidate over a qualified person of color.
Of course, many old black people are equally stubborn and set in their ways, and they would vote for an illiterate black candidate over a qualified pink guy.
But let's not get into a debate about whether sanctions against tribal stupidity should be equally enforced, since we might be led into uncomfortable territory.
Let's just do what Oprah said and get rid of the geezers so Obama will feel better about himself.
So how will the czarina of death answer the new, thorny legal questions prompted by her recent blood lust?
For example, if you like Obama personally but disagree with his policies as ruinous to the country, are you only partially marinated? Or do you suffer from overbrining or dry rub?
And if you don't like Obama but think government should still keep picking winners and losers based on skin pigment and gender rather than merit, are you marinated?
Or is your name Hillary?
John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
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