Oprah, Obama, and Minority Sympathy Fatigue

Oprah Winfrey's charges of racism and President Obama's racially charged comments have Americans developing Minority Sympathy Fatigue. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2013 — Thanks to Oprah Winfrey and President Obama, Americans are now developing an acute case of Minority Sympathy Fatigue (MSF). With black-on-black crime and black out-of-wedlock births devastating inner cities, Americans of all stripes are rapidly losing patience with failed black leaders and manufactured problems. The fake outrage no longer sparks real outrage in its intended victims. It just bores most Americans to tears.

Oprah endured suffering recently that few would understand unless they walked a mile in her Manolo Blahnik pumps. She was denied her right to purchase a $35,000 handbag because the store clerk found a similar product for a lower price. The clerk showed her a product that still costs more than most people make in a year, but that was not good enough. Oprah insisted that she was the victim of racism before backtracking.

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Oprah is now part of the problem. Even if her claim of racism were true, Oprah is laughable as a victim. Rather than play the victim, she could have shown what a powerful black woman could do in that in that situation. She could have bought the store and fired the employee.

Instead, she whined.

What Oprah did this one time, President Obama seems to do every day. His speeches on racial matters are predictably recycled. When he should speak, he stays silent. When he should stay silent, he talks. When a black-white dispute hits the news, he inserts himself to condemn the racist oppressor of the black victim, regardless of the facts involved.

On self-inflicted black wounds such as illegitimacy rates and inner city crime, Obama stays silent. When a white police officer lawfully detained black Harvard Professor Louis Gates, Obama accused the police of “acting stupidly.” Incorrect racial assumptions continued when he fired Shirley Sherrod. He made Trayvon Martin out to be a saint and then stayed silent when George Zimmerman received death threats. Attorney General Eric Holder has pursued or dropped cases based on race as Obama stays quiet.

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The selective outrage is destructive all around. Black people are conditioned to reason that if even people as powerful as Oprah and Obama cannot catch a break, there is no way that ordinary people can fight against a system rigged against them. Turning Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision on its head, black people are being told they can never overcome.

This view is nonsense. Obama is not being held down by “the man.” He is the man. He has predator drones, and a kill list that consists of anybody he decides needs killing on any given day.

Oprah is one of the richest women in the world. She became a billionaire because the American dream is alive and well for people willing to work hard. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have showed that one can even get rich without actually producing a product or providing a service.

Americans cannot concern themselves with five-figure handbags when too many of them carry a bag under each eye due to lack of sleep, longer working hours and lower pay. Oprah and Obama both achieved the pinnacle of power by appealing to people of all races. They offered themselves as race-neutral when building their brands. They were supposed to be good black leaders, the anti-Sharptons.

At this point the best hope for the black community is to become leaderless. Dr. Walter Williams is one of the brightest economists in America, and he has pointed out that the Jewish, Chinese, and other once-despised communities do not need leaders. He frequently asks if black people are too stupid to think for themselves. If not, why do they need leaders?

Black people are not stupid or inferior. Their self-appointed leaders have increased racial polarization, exactly as intended. Americans of all stripes are just bored. Obama and Oprah are being tuned out. Minority Sympathy Fatigue may be irreversible.

The downside to MSF is that there are real problems in America that go unaddressed as more Americans become convinced that the man in charge is a demagogue.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” 

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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