Here’s why Oprah should run for pres­i­dent

South Florida Times - - OPINION -

dis­guises (al­though Alabama is an ex­am­ple of how un­stop­pable black folk are when they de­cide to be.) Blacks are still killed by police officers who largely go un­pun­ished. Dog whis­tles from Trump and his crew make no secret of their true feel­ings about the black and brown cit­i­zens of this great land; that was built by and on the backs of blacks. The Ku Klux Klan even ex­pe­ri­enced a re-birth; pulling out their dingy white sheets; ap­par­ently see­ing in Trump the all clear for un­bri­dled ha­tred and its ac­cord­ing vi­o­lence.

Ide­ally, the next three years will suf­fice for the ‘chem­i­cal­iza­tion’ process to al­low most, if not all the re­main­ing racial gunk to sur­face so we can deal with it. A Pres­i­dent Win­frey would be the ideal leader to guide us through the morass. Oprah can con­vene friends like Deepak Cho­pra, Iyanla Van­zant, Ekhart Tolle and Tony Rob­bins; spir­i­tual gi­ants ca­pa­ble of craft­ing a soul­ful blue­print to truly make Amer­ica great.

Oprah has demon­strated a proven abil­ity to con­nect with the souls of all folk. Dur­ing the phe­nom­e­nal 25-year run of the Oprah Win­frey Show, she helped peo­ple come face to face with the truest parts of them­selves. Her mes­sage of liv­ing your best life res­onated with peo­ple from var­i­ous racial per­sua­sions, both gen­ders and all walks of life. Oprah has a way of nudg­ing peo­ple to search their souls and her finger re­mains on the pulse of what we all have in com­mon.

African-Amer­i­cans and Amer­ica’s frac­tured re­la­tion­ship with them rep­re­sent Amer­ica’s best op­por­tu­nity to heal. Race, more than any other is­sue, con­tin­ues to be what blocks the United States from re­al­iz­ing its truest po­ten­tial. Oprah as pres­i­dent would push un­healed white Amer­ica to choose: Con­tinue liv­ing ig­no­rantly from its mis­con­ceived no­tion of white supremacy. Or tap into the au­then­tic­ity of its soul and ei­ther par­tic­i­pate in the coun­try’s com­plete heal­ing or step aside and let the rest of us do the work unim­peded.

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