Some people are blinded by their own racial arrogance. They are so convinced that their perspective is relevant on what life is like for people of color that they regurgitate hackneyed perspectives on race as if they are revelations.
Writer Erica Jong, famous for books, including 'Fear of Flying,' published a column in The Huffington Post that stands as exhibit A of this kind of annoyance.
Jong uses derogatory racial language to promote sensationalist writer Kitty Kelley's 'Oprah' tome (without having read it!), while at the same time attacking Oprah Winfrey's racial consciousness. Here's an excerpt:
But Oprah seems to have gotten more mistrustful with fame, not less. And she seems to have gotten more race conscious than she was when she was younger. You never felt that Oprah was a professional Negro. She seemed totally unaware of race -- but what do I know about being black?
Absolutely nothing, obviously.
Note to Jong: As a black person, no matter how much money you have, or how much of an integrated life you live, America's racism slaps you in the face from time to time.
And, what in the hell is a "professional Negro"? Jong doesn't stop:
I believe that racism is far from extinguished in the world -- despite the celebration that greeted the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. Racism lurks in our country and all over the world. But people who have transcended prejudice have a special obligation not to carry grudges. After all, grudges hurt the grudge-holder most. We also have a responsibility to set a good example by not holding grudges. Source: Oprah, Kitty and Me - Erica Jong, Huffington Post
"Transcended prejudice"? I've never met or heard of a person who has achieved that. Further, Jong implies that black grievance is merely a "grudge." And with that characterization, Jong minimizes the real, often life-and-death concerns of an entire group of people.
It's no surprise really. Jong is the ardent "Hillary for president" supporter, who referred to President Obama as "the new boy on the block" and a "sepia Brad Pitt." She wrote of Oprah in 2008:
Or Oprah who forgets she wasn't always Oprah -- I knew her when she had two names. She was always really smart, but she used to identify with women. And now she's joined the Obamarama. I get it. I understand. People want their own color in the White House (pun intended). Source
In yesterday's column, Jong recounts that she and Oprah shared a casual friendship in the early days of Oprah's career. Jong makes a big point of pointing out that at that time "she" was the "more famous" of the two.
Over the years, Oprah dropped Jong, and Jong can't seem to get over it. I have no kind explanation for her insulting and journalistically limp column. She also admits that she hasn't finished Kelley's book.
Read the entire column for yourself.
Jong even insinuates that she may have sparked the idea for Oprah's 'O' magazine. That is rich.
Perhaps the most insidious aspect of this indulgence in female envy, is that Jong cites Oprah's heightened black consciousness as the reason Oprah Winfrey dumped Jong.
Jong displays a stunning lack of self-awareness in this regard. She is blind to the possibility that she got dumped, because she's the type of person who would write a column like this.