David Oyelowo Advises America Must Repent For The Sin Of Racism
The two-night special OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? that was hosted by Oprah Winfrey Tuesday and Wednesday night was spectacular as it aired across 19 different Discovery-owned networks simultaneously in primetime.
The assembled panel included actor David Oyelowo, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, was frank about grief and the personal toll of black Americans’ long history of trauma and oppression.
The panel discussion was uncensored and they discussed their exhaustion with cycles of violence and the same conversations they trigger, and specific in their breakdowns of the systems supporting the country’s racist backbone according to Yahoo News.
Speaking about white priviledge and what the black community wants, Winfrey said:
I think especially for middle-class and working-class white folk, it’s been a difficult term for them to accept or to grasp. I’ve heard friends of mine say that the word doesn’t resonate because the word ‘privilege’ is associated with affluence. I think that for a lot of people, white people, in particular, that word is hard for them to accept. Maybe a more descriptive term is the advantage.
While Hannah-Jones said:
White privilege is swimming in a stream and you’re swimming in the direction that the stream is going. You’re swimming along with the current. It doesn’t mean that you’re not working hard. It doesn’t mean that you’re not struggling. But it means that you’re swimming along with the current. The black experience means working hard and swimming against the current.
David Oyelowo considered what white people need to do, beyond validating and recognizing privilege, which seems to be the first step to end the white oppression system. he said:
What is also not being acknowledged is that baked into the inception, the foundation of America as a country is that white privilege. We were stolen from a continent and brought here. The knee on the neck started there. But also foundationally, America was built with a knee on the neck of Native Americans. It happened to the Mexicans as well. It’s something that this nation was built on. there is a sin baked into this country and how it was built. They need to realize that they must repent for this sin in order for there to be salvation beyond.
Speaking about police cruelty, they advised that there should be a vote to reform police departments, so they are not occupying black communities, but policing black communities.