Written by Gregory Meriweather @RadioBlack
The buzz around the Oprah Winfrey speech at the Golden Globe Awards has been the hottest thing since fish grease, and it just keeps getting hotter.
When Madame Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, she wowed the crowd in a way that we have grown so used to when she speaks, but this time was a little different. This time she began to dive into the world and speak on behalf of the voiceless in a way that only Oprah can. #Metoo received endorsement from the ultimate woman who has gone to bat for so many people, and once again, she hit a grand slam.
Now we are hearing, “Oprah for President in 2020!”
Although this may sound good to some, to me this sounds like a nightmare. I hope Oprah feels the same way. Why in the world would Oprah Winfrey ever consider running for President? Personally, I do not believe she is hungry for power, or the spotlight. When thinking about Oprah, I think about OWN. I think about the freedom she has worked so hard to attain. My hope is that she will do everything in her power to keep it, because her level of freedom gives aid and hope to so many.
Oprah was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi in 1954. This tells me that she was born in one of the most racists states, at a time where racism was seemingly at its peak, and Jim Crow was the law of the land. On top of the hand she was dealt as a newborn in Mississippi, Oprah Winfrey was mistreated as a child. She was made to sleep outdoors, molested by people she should have been able to trust, and was always told what she could not be, or do. Yes, Oprah Winfrey, the woman who was called too dark, too big, too ugly. The Oprah whose eyes were too far apart, and whose nose was too wide. Are we talking about the same Oprah when we talk about a potential United States of America Presidential candidate? Yep, that’s her.
No, Oprah, don’t even think about running for President. It seems you have a far greater calling on your life. Through you we have learned that the possibilities are limitless if we listen to life. Through you, we have learned that the world is not always right. You have shown us that blueprints can be changed, and there are positions and places for people who come from areas similar to Kosciusko, Mississippi.
You have shown us that the violated can yet become victorious. Your drive allowed us to see that being thrown away does not mean you have to lay or stay where you were thrown. You taught us that you can go from sleeping on a porch, to living in a palace, as long as you continue to dream and work to make it happen.
Presidential, by definition, means to have a bearing or demeanor befitting a president; dignified and confident. Oprah already embodies what it means to be presidential. Why would Oprah trade in the freedom she has worked so hard to attain for something less than what she has already accomplished? Oprah possesses the power and ability to help whomever she pleases, whenever she desires to do so, and then retreat to one of her beautiful homes, and read a book…. in silence. She can support the causes that are important to her, and still create content that helps change the world.
“O the Possibilities…..” of Oprah running for President in 2020 seem great, but Oprah Winfrey is best suited for the Oprah that God made her to be. Oprah, please continue showing us how to be presidential when we stay in our lane. Continue showing us how to listen to that voice inside of ourselves, and reach for the stars when others say it’s impossible.
Madame Winfrey, you have been President to so many people for so long.
I do not see the need for you to change your address, and become handcuffed. I thank you for all the work you have done, and look forward to seeing the work you are going to do to help make this world a better place in the future.
Election year 2020 is too late, because Oprah Gail Winfrey from Kosciusko, Mississippi has been Madame President since 1986. I salute you Madame President!
Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of Black on Black LLC, and the host of the Gregory Meriweather Show (Tuesday, Friday 4PM-6PM EST, and Saturday 9AM-11AM EST).http://listen.samcloud.com/w/74108/WBMN-Groovin-247/?play=y#history