Farewell, Oprah: How About a Gift to Black America Before you Go?

I have a history with Oprah Winfrey. Back in the eighties, Oprah and I worked at WJZ-TV, an ABC affiliate TV station in Baltimore. Oprah was co-host with Richard Sher of the local morning talk show, “People Are Talking”. I was a Graphic Designer in the Creative Services/Art department.

The late famous psychic, Jeanne Dixon was a guest on our morning show. After the show, Dixon read Oprah’s palm. She predicted Oprah would achieve incredible fame some day. Dixon read my palm also and saw nothing. I am not saying psychics are real or unreal, I am simply telling a true story.

I admired Oprah because she was a ‘paradigm breaker’. According to the WJZ-TV employee rumor grapevine, certain power elites at WJZ-TV were unhappy with the hiring of Oprah. They said she was unattractive and not too bright. I love people who ignore what people say they can or cannot do. Oprah was a heavy set dark skinned black woman on TV. With the exception of playing a maid, that was unheard of in the 80s. Also, blacks on TV seemed obsessed and pressured to prove to white America they were intelligent and articulate. Oprah was confident enough to simply be herself and people gravitated to her.

Here is how Oprah got to Chicago and became, “Oprah”. “People Are Talking” associate producer, Debra DiMaio was seeking a new position at a TV station in Chicago. After reviewing DiMaio’s reel (industry term for resume video) the Chicago producers fell in love with Oprah; and the rest is history.

Upon hearing Oprah acquired a new job in Chicago, we, her fellow employees at WJZ-TV, planned a surprise going away party for Oprah. Barbara Hamm, a producer gathered footage of Oprah on air over her years at the station. I parodied the classic, “You Made Me Love You” to write a song to Oprah. News video editor Commodore Hill used footage gathered by Barbara and my Oprah song to produce a beautiful and emotional tribute farewell music video for Oprah. We played it at her farewell party. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was a huge hit. Oprah wrote me the following thank you letter.

“Dear Lloyd,oprah & Lloyd

As you probably know or maybe don’t know, I am a big Diana Ross fan — when I was a little girl growing up in the ghetto with only dreams for companions — I wanted so much to be Dianna Ross or just somebody’s supreme. But I want you to know had THE Diana Ross sang the “Oprah Song” — it would not have meant as much to me as having you do it. Not only was the song beautiful but — I felt it was also sincere.

I was so moved and will never ever forget it — or you.

Just as I know that it is indeed the master’s Hand that keeps me from falling — and that he has laid his hands on me and that is why I am so blessed. I know Lloyd that you too have been “chosen”.

You’re a very special person. Your light so shines that we all can see. Thank you for your support — I know there is much joy ahead for you.

Love — Oprah”

Without question, Oprah has done tremendous good, touching the lives of millions in a positive way. And for this I salute her. Because she has such a huge heart and compassion, Oprah tends to take the emotional liberal side of issues. However, though well intentioned, ignoring reality and human nature can be extremely destructive. A common theme on Oprah’s show is everyone is a victim of somebody or something. All abusers are not the products of abuse. History proves some people are simply evil and some people are lazy losers.

And why in almost 25 years of broadcasting have we not seen one conservative, “I am not a victim of white America” black guest on the Oprah show? This is a huge disservice to black America. We blacks, I am black, are blessed to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet. And yet, liberal icons are still filling the heads of black youths that they are victims of a sexist, racist and homophobic America. Despite Oprah being close to if not the richest woman in America and America electing it’s first black president, the branding of Americans as racist is stronger than ever.

So Oprah, my dear friend, I challenge you. You have announced your program will end in 2011. How about doing a wonderful thing for not just for black Americans, but all. In your remaining programs invite black conservatives to appear as guests. May I suggest a few?

Chris Gardener, whose life story is topic of the hit movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness”. Will Smith portrayed Gardener in the movie. Thomas Sowell is a brilliant American economist, social commentator, and author of dozens of books. Walter Williams is a syndicated columnist and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.

Oprah these are “non victim minded” extremely successful blacks America should meet. Who could better introduce these great black American role models than the great, one and only Oprah Winfrey?

Lloyd Marcus (black) Unhyphenated American

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7 comments for “Farewell, Oprah: How About a Gift to Black America Before you Go?

  1. mary
    November 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Sir:
    I read your opinion with great interest and hopefully Oprah will at least tell you her reasoning, if she doesn’t act on your request. I never understood how we all separate ourselves as people. I grew up as a poor white with uneducated parents who fed off the system (and I was born in 1952). I remember looking around me at people who “had” and thought “I’m going to be like them.” Believe me, I understand being looked down on. I can also tell you that out of my family of 5 children– I’m basically the only one who did well. I am now looking at my young 17 year old niece who is about to have her 2nd child (she is unmarried and quit school). It is not a black problem! When I asked her if she didn’t have any ambition– she point blank said “no.” As long as she has a place to live and food, she is content to lay around. I think it is time we made life hard for these people, I am tired of supporting them. And, I love her– so you can see my dilemma. Oprah is everyone’s role model and I’m happy that black people can say she’s one of us, but we all see something in her. I wish I could make black people understand that. When I watched the Cosby show- I didn’t see anything but this wonderful, loving family and wished I could have had one. We are so busy blaming each other for our problems, we have failed to see they are universal. I was a democrat all my life, but now am a conservative. Mainly because I finally saw the democratic leadership as my bumbling parents who thought they knew more than I did and that I should just accept what they said. I lost something for Oprah when she supported Obama, simply because I felt it had to be because he was black. She is way too smart and had to have seen he had no qualifications. Why didn’t she support Condi Rice?? We would have killed two birds with one stone— a Black Woman in the White House!! Anyway, thanks for listening– I very much enjoyed your post.

  2. HowardMaler
    November 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Marcus:

    I met you in San Antonio and again later in Waco, I was the guy that explained why you could not sign a political t-shirt on the grounds of the Alamo. It is interesting that many in the black community would have immediately thought that some racist policy in the dastardly racist south was at play. To you credit, even though surprised and confused when it happened did not immediately jump to that conclusion.

    This illustrates that things can go really wrong for a black person where no racism is involved. That guard for instance was very insistent but professional. We here in Texas take the grounds of the Alamo very seriously. We do not allow politics of any kind on the grounds where the likes of Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie and William Travis looked over the horizon saw a Mexican army more than twenty times the size of the meager group of Texans that stood behind a stockade made mostly of cedar posts and air and said we will not retreat, we will not surrender. Our very existence as a state in this country was predicated on the notion that if the cause is just and the course is sound, we will stop any enemy and bear any burden to perpetuate a better way of life for our family and neighbors.

    So as a proud Texan I say hooray for the words that need to be said to finally allow our brothers of color to join us at the head of the line. But you will not get there by continuously blaming white America, you will not get there by making everything a race issue, you will not get there by taking what is mine and claiming that I somehow owe it to you by the nature of your existence.
    Respect is earned and you have earned mine.

    Speak loud and clear. The battle begins. I will be honored to join you on the battlefield any time. You have only to ask my friend.

  3. November 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

    We have lost our history!

    “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: and a People who mean to be their own governours, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
    James Madison to WT Barry, August 4, 1822.

    “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    “The individual is handicapped by living with the monstrous conspiracy all of their adult life and they will not realize that it really exists until they first listen to President John F. Kennedy’s audio posted on his Presidential Library website and then read the research about the subject.” ~ Steven Pattison

    Audio – http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset+Tree/Asset+Viewers/Audio+Video+Asset+Viewer.htm?guid={51BCDE90-AF4F-4EE9-A68E-ECC4CDE97F76}&type=Audio

    Research – http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com/Pattison_You_Be_The_Judge.html

    In God we trust with all “Unalienable rights” reserved,

    /S/ Steven Pattison, my name in propria persona, a sovereign without subjects and one of the People within the boundaries of Kansas, a state of the Union – (913) 491-0320 CT 9 to 5

  4. Lloyd Marcus
    November 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Howard,
    Good to hear from you.
    Thanks, brother.
    Lloyd

  5. vwatson
    November 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    How about Larry Elder? I have enjoyed reading his books. Can there really be so few black conservatives? I was trying to come up with more, but am drawing a blank.

  6. Carol
    November 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Lloyd,

    First of all, Thank you for all your hard work. I had the privilege of hearing you sing at the Flagstaff Tea Party on 8/31/09. I can also related to Mary’s comments. I, too, grew up in South Central Los Angeles at the time of the Watts Riots. It was not easy being a poor white child (ha, ha), growing up in a city torn by violence and hate. I looked around me and saw that my fate was to marry someone in a T-shirt with cigarettes rolled in their sleeve, have a bunch of kids and live on welfare. It appalled me, even though we survived on powdered milk and second hand clothing.
    It took years, but I fought my way out. I did not get anything special because of the color of my skin. In fact, there were times where I was denied things because of it. Yet, I continued to work hard, turn down any offers with strings attached because I was young and cute and did it. I got a Bachelors, a Masters and then a Doctorate. No welfare, no school loans, etc. I worked during the day and went to school at night. I never wanted a handout.
    I agree that Oprah is ignoring the thousands of white and black Americans (and any other color) who believe that this is a great country and the opportunities are there when you work hard. You don’t need handouts. If she can do it, then why can’t she show respect for the others that did it. Chris Gardener is a perfect example. He kept going, no matter what.

    So, Oprah, when are you going to give credit where credit is due. It is not the politicians that make this country great by giving handouts and enslaving blacks to welfare, Section 8 housing, food stamps, etc. It is those citizens that work at whatever job pays the bills, go to school at night, have respect for themselves and achieve their dream by being ethical, moral, honest, etc. Not those lying scumbags that try to destroy the very ideals our forefathers built this country on.

    Lloyd – good luck to you and a pleasure to have heard your songs, your speech and to have met you.

    Dr. Carol

  7. December 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    It should be a requirment for every American Child to get the REAL and TRUE HISTORY of America. Not the invented history which is all lies that the Liberal Left has twisted into it all. One huge problem and probably the biggest cause of the moral breakdown our country is suffering from is because of all the history that has been left out of public schools since 1963. That was when they took the Bible and prayer out of the classroom, they took mountains of fantastic history about great men and women both Black and White because of their Christian heritage. So much good and civil morality has been left out of the teaching of our children for years now. That is the real cause of the bad in our kids and thus in our society today… Everyone must learn the truth about our founding and read the writings of them. Most were strong Christian’s and all said we are a Christian Nation… Truth and Knowledge is waht gives us Strength and Power and FREEDOM…

    I for one am sick of the left constantly accusing me and the rest of the Conservative Americans of being all of the things that THEY really are. You can bet your life that that is true on both sides, that we Conservatives are exactly opposite of everything the liberal left says we are and the liberal left are everything they accuse Conservatives of being… They are racist’s, they are #1 first for themselves and don’t really care a hoot about the poor and disadvantaged. Most of them don’t give their own money, property, time or blood. They would not fight for this country, they constantly divide, separate and classify Americans by race, gender, status, money and any other way they can pit American against American. And it’s all for themselves to get power, feel powerful and better than te next person and most of all to get money from others in evry slimy deviant way possible…

    I used to really admire Oprah, but have been really dissapointed in her for falling for the Liberal Left Lie, that is racist in it’s own way of thinking. This country as every country in the world has hateful, evil people, but most Americans are not racist, so why make it look like most are? Oprah and so many other Black men and women would not be as rich and famous as they are if we were such a hateful, racist nation…

    Another great dissapointment in her is that she has fallen for a lie of an occult like religion, a false religion that is leading many to a false teaching of Christ. I do keep her in my prayers that she will come back to the TRUE Gospel of Christ…

    The bottom line is America is the greatest Nation in the world and it was given to us by the Founders which built it on the foundation of God and his Word and His LAW. This is the only reason it has been so blessed through the years… We have been choosing to kick him and his law out, which is why things have gone so bad in recent years and we are going to lose it all if we do not turn back to HIS TRUTH, HIS WORD and HIS LIGHT…

    Let us return to prayer, ask for His forgivness, spred the word and teach everyone we know as much as we can…

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