One of Opra's LifeClass programs on OWN is entiled "Iyanla Vanzant on Colorism: 'A Wound Needs a Witness'"
The conversation although accurately portrays people's real experiences, it is flawed, the extent to which one wishes to alleviate those same negative experiences in society. Perhaps the later was not Oprah's intent.
There are two fallacies and an assumed premise upon which the conversation is centered.
1. Premise: race can be defined by biology.
2. Fallacy: if race were defined my biology, skin color would be a variable.
3. Fallacy: white is a not a color.
As rightfully pointed out in the program, skin color has no more relevancy to
beauty or intelligence than the texture of one’s hair, thickness of one's lips
or any other physical characteristic.
Seven years ago, I participated in a conversation with several prominent Africans and world renowned “African Americans” in Tanzania. The conversation included a
presentation by a professor at a prestigious university in California who made
a case for race based on biology. Nevertheless, the “apparent” consensus of the group was race is a social construct.
There is no reason to continue have race be anything other than that. We need to develop a new construct.
I believe, in a world that works for everyone. It is achieved by a conversation that
has at its fundamental basis people respecting and honoring one another
regardless of one’s opinions, beliefs and views on whatever.
Paraphrasing TD Jakes on one of Ophra's other LifeClass programs; "we need to step out of our history and into our destiny.”
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