Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Troubles at Oprah's racist school

Like most men, I loathe Oprah. Her show is crap.

She is also the beneficiary of affirmative action in the 70s when it was not common practice.


Now, having reached the zenith of her career and immense wealth, you’d think she would repay the chance she was given by treating everyone around her fairly without coloured glasses.

The world has come a long way to the point where a person of mixed-colour could become the president of her country.


Does she open the school and let all races in? No, blacks only thank you.


Only after the fact is brought to the media’s attention does she pick two white girls at the last minute, just TWO out of 152 pupils, and ensures the sole two white girls are included in the first photo to publicise her school. Clever. Her audience is mostly lap-up-all-the-bullshit white women after all.


Note that she personally interviewed and selected every girl and did not pick a single white girl initially.

There are no longer white girls at the school and that fact is conveniently ignored. No affirmative action here towards whites, no sirree.

This school is basically a publicity stunt and by reserving the intake to one race, black, makes her and the school a racist exercise.


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Virginia Mokgobo, a former dormitory matron charged with abuse at U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey's girls academy in South Africa, pleaded not guilty at a court appearance on Tuesday south of Johannesburg.

Here are some details about the residential academy which is situated on 52 acres (21 hectares) at Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg.

A GRAND OPENING:

- The $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opened on January 2, 2007, with a launch attended by former South African President Nelson Mandela, U.S. singers Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and Mary J. Blige, comedian Chris Rock, actor Sydney Poitier and filmmaker Spike Lee.

- The goal was to create a safe place for girls and young women to learn about themselves and their heritage, and become future leaders.

- Winfrey selected the first class of 152 poor, mostly black pupils, based on academic and leadership potential.

- The school boasts state-of-the-art facilities including laboratories, a yoga studio and beauty salon. Tuition and board is free. The academy provides its 450 students with textbooks, uniforms and meals.

SOME INITIAL PROBLEMS:

- In March 2007, parents said they wanted greater access to their children, and compared the school's restrictions on visits, phone calls and e-mail contact to prison rules. Some mothers complained the two-hour visit permitted one Sunday a month was not long enough to reconnect with their daughters.

- In May, some parents complained their children were not allowed junk food and, when they visited the school, they had to go through a security gate.

- Last November, South African police arrested former Mokgobo, on charges including assault, indecent assault and soliciting under-age girls to perform indecent acts.

- At least seven alleged victims have submitted statements about the woman.

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