I'm Rich, Therefore I'm not Black Anymore – The Oprah Syndrome!

Oprah-WinfreySome Black people think having a PhD from Harvard, becoming rich or living in a rich suburb would make them less Black, therefore more acceptable or respected by White people. I called this phenomenon the “Oprah Syndrome”.

The tragedy with the Oprah syndrome is that No one knows You are a rich or an educated black person beforehand, therefore the horde of racists will give you the “Nigger treatment” before learning anything about you.

That’s what Oprah Winfrey, a black billionaire, discovered the hard way this summer in Zurich (Switzerland):

“I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals. But obviously The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich.

“I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Excuse me, may I see the bag right above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No. It’s too expensive.’

When Winfrey insisted she did want to see the bag the shop assistant allegedly replied: “No, no you don’t want to see that one, you want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You will not be able to afford that.”

If an American Black Billionaire (2,7 Billion wealth) is treated that way, now image how millions of ordinary Africans are treated every day around the world.

In 2007, I heard the most sad story of all my life. It was few days before Christmas, and the social assistant of the organization where I was working sent an email to all employees with a gift catalog. Employees with kids under 7 years old could select up to 2 items they’d receive as gifts from the employer for their kids.

I happened to meet the assistant a morning, and she kindly asked me what gifts my son would like to receive. I said I don’t know, but asked what are the most popular items with other parents. She replied “Every year is different. There are some star products like Lego which work well with boys. Educational games, gears, and DVDs are also popular, but some parents are more practical and would go with stuff like baby bathtub or bikes.”

Then she continued “It happens some years that I receive requests for items not listed in the catalog. Some funny, but few years ago, a mom asked her 6 years old daughter what she gift she’d like for Christmas, and the little girl after lot of hesitation and sigh said “Mom, could we become white even if it’s for one day!?”

The Assistant became silent for a whole minutes then concluded “It was so painful to hear. I cried, and I cried all day long. I’m a mom too, you know!”

The 6 years old black girl in Paris already knew the difficulty of being black in a work dominated by white people who in a huge majority hate almost instinctively black people. Her dream to become white, even if it’s for one day, is the dream of millions of black kids and adults.

This is the reason why millions of Black people are bleaching their skin to have lighter skin, and are wearing human hair wigs that look like white people hair.

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The thinking goes like this:

  • – Black people are poor and despicable. I’m a rich person, therefore I’m not like those black people.
  • – Black people are ignorant and lack proper education. I’ve graduated from University, therefore I’m less black now.
  • – Black people lack good manners and attitude. I speak English very well, and I eat at table with fork and spoon, therefore I’m different from those savages!
  • – Where are you from? “I’m originally from …” (understand like “I came from some poor and despicable country, but now I live in a rich country, therefore, you know, I’m now different from those savages who gave birth to me)
  • – Black people worship stones and natural animistic forces (Voodoo). I’m born or  converted Catholic, and go to church, there I should escape the treatment reserved to those Black people.
  • – Black people dress with animal skin and some banana sheet. I’m always dress in suit and western style clothes, therefore I’m civilized.
  • – etc. (for all the symptoms Read the Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon)

“Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?

Who taught you to hate the color of your skin to such extent, that you bleach to get like the white man?

Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?

Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?

Who taught you to hate your own kind?

Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?

Who taught you to hate being what God gave you?”

~  Portion of a speech recorded by Malcolm X

 

“They laughed at your clothes; and made you change your clothes,

“They laughed at your names; and made you change your names;

“But most importantly they laughed at your God; and made you change your God.”

~ John Henrik Clarke

In the end, those Black people are in constant search of approval by white people to feel worthy, and will go to extreme to “shame” their own community (also called “Black shaming”), and do anything possible to avoid or lessen the Black features they are born with. The trauma is well entrenched, and not easy to deal with.

The hard conclusion I could share with those victim of the “Oprah Syndrome” is this: It’s a white man world we got to be living in. And, you’ll be treated as a Black person before anyone will learn about the long list of diploma you’ve got, how much money you have in your bank account, or how intelligent you are.

Our duty is to accept ourselves like we are, and work tirelessly to empower ourselves to be strong  as a community, not just as individual successes. Individual successes will never be enough to bring dignity to our community.

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

8 Responses to “I'm Rich, Therefore I'm not Black Anymore – The Oprah Syndrome!”

  1. Julius shoka

    We have to fight against racism till the end of the world its a time now all african people must rise their voice against racism africa unite

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  2. abhishek chakrabarty

    Dont mind. but i think caucasoids are far far better than the negroids

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  3. Priest Tasti

    The problem is us,we suffer from Stockholm syndrome. The physic trauma of Slavery has been devastating on our one glorious divine culture and image of our selves we once had in Nubia.Unless a race take back their land and separate or self segregate,they will always feel like they are less than. One has to be victorious over ones enemy for that enemy to look down in defeat when they pass by. Their is two ways to accomplish the above necessity and that is militarily or religiously. We are way too defeated logistically by our enemies from Eurasia to use the remnants of a Nubian military to chase out our invading human parasites from Eurasia. What we need is our old time Religion of Ancestor worship. Thomas Sankara once said, a Soldier that is ignorant of his history and his ancestors Religion is a potential criminal enemy of his people.

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  4. Pranay Sundas

    Yes I completely agree with the ”oprah syndrome”,it has been more than a centuary people are still categoried with their colour of their skin, wealth& language etc. It really gives me an immensely disappointment when i get to hear the living example of oprah winfrey. Even I have a same situation comparatively of same kind. Millions of gorkhas are Indians who are known for the sacrifice made for own country and who are known for the combative skills during 2nd world war but today gorkhas are called foreigners in their own country in india, gorkhas are the one who is in boarder to safeguard their own country even today,basically most of the gorkhas are army men. Since early 1900s gorkas are residing in the small 3 subdivisions in north bengal who are treated as second class citizens. Today it has been 107 years demanding the certain areas in the region for the statehood within india but outside Bengal,even many blood are shed for this identity of gorkhas but government of India hasnt taken heed on this regard instead played like a football between state and central government. Many states are created state within state within past decade which were even much younger demand than GORKHALAND. Even now at this moment agitation in a demotractic way is underway but gorkhas knows where it is gonna lead.Now it wont be inappropriate to say that now gorkhas have lost faith in their own motherland for whom they sacrificed with their lives.Its is my sincere appeal whoever reads this i request to take this very concerning regard to a forum where it govt of india will be bound to atleast hear gorkhas plea who are not less then a second class citizen and foreigners in their own motherland. Contrary to this in 1970s during Jyoti Basu regime tens and thousands of bangladeshis from Bangladesh are given shelter along with a rationcard(citizenship) in exchange of vote to the CPM government, now those bangladeshis is in majority and goekhas in minority. Even documental history reveals the facts but docuemental proof are overpowered by vote bank. THIS IS THE SSCENARIO OF GORKHAS A FOREIGMERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY WHOSE VOICE ARE NEVERED HEARD! Jai GORKHA Jai GORKHALAND

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  5. marshall

    It’ quite a shame indeed! 4 those black that pratice such habit, being a black is a pride 2 me nd a naturality dat is too fortunate 4 any one who is opportuned 2 gain such a wonderful possesion…

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  6. Asia Abissinya Jobe

    “Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?

    Who taught you to hate the color of your skin to such extent, that you bleach to get like the white man?

    Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?

    Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?

    Who taught you to hate your own kind?

    Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?

    Who taught you to hate being what God gave you?”

    ~ Portion of a speech recorded by Malcolm X

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  7. Asia Abissinya Jobe

    “Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?

    Who taught you to hate the color of your skin to such extent, that you bleach to get like the white man?

    Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?

    Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?

    Who taught you to hate your own kind?

    Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?

    Who taught you to hate being what God gave you?”

    ~ Portion of a speech recorded by Malcolm X

    Reply

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