Jan. 8, 2018

Uh-O

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” Amos 5:14-15

Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to blog or have any discussion about Oprah Winfrey from this point on. As of last night, she has moved from the world of entertainment into the world of politics. I’m not sure why some of us are so bothered by this career transition. Two of the most popular Republicans, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, followed the pathway successfully. Many of us cheered them all the way.

I want to share from my heart pre-politically. I want to talk about the Oprah that received the Cecil B. Demille award for her contribution to both television and film, which are the things the Golden Globes recognize each year. I want to share my observation of the woman who moved from being a little black girl living in poverty, sitting on her linoleum floor, as her mother (the housekeeper) came in exhausted from cleaning other people’s houses to being one of the most-recognized faces in America today. I want to talk about that Oprah, the Cecil B. Demille winner.

I found her speech moving. It may be because I fall within the #metoo category. It may be because I am a sucker for people who move out of poverty into success.  After all, isn’t that what we are asking (really demanding) everyone do? It may be because I so appreciate anyone in public life who is willing to feel the pain of others and acknowledge their pain. It may be because I found Seth Meyers’ joke, the three words, “Hollywood, Foreign, and Press” being unpopular words with the current administration, funny.

I can tell you one thing – I didn’t like the speech because Oprah is willing to run for President. I didn’t like the speech simply because I am a woman. I certainly didn’t like the speech because I am white or from the south. I like the speech because I believe she stood against evil men who take advantage of anyone who answers to them, trusts them, or depends on them. I love the speech because she called for justice. I love the speech because she stood against evil in support of what is good.

I am all too aware that you have different ears.

Perhaps God will have mercy on us when we stand against evil, call for justice, hate evil and love what is good, regardless of the gender, color of skin, or party affiliation speaking? Uh-O. Did I say too much?