The concept of giving back is a thing that is often discussed within the Black community. Our community has many achievers and well accomplished people. Oprah Winfrey is one of them. Recently, there was somewhat of a controversy recently on Twitter when a user by the name of AWALK called out Oprah for not doing enough for those in the ghetto. This is a common thing, where many call on those who have more, to do more. What happened next was unexpected.
Oprah Winfrey, who has a track record of giving money to Black colleges, was having none of it. She responded with:
“when are u? I’ve put 500 African American men thru college . And u sir?”
Looking at the nature of the comment, I was wondering if this fellow really expected her to respond. Now, its one of those Twitter grandstand moments that backfired. When framing things in that way of how much an individual should do for a community, its a very complicated thing. How can anyone count how much is enough for one person to do?
Some say that those who make it and achieve things that many others can’t have an obligation to give back to their community. But lets look at it critically. Is that really the case? Are those who are well off obligated to help those less fortunate? Put in another way, let us ask, can we really tell rich people what to do with their money? There are many people who make their millions and never give a dime back to charity, nor help anyone outside their circle. There is a certain amount of futility in trying to shame the haves into helping the have nots.
Perhaps the answer is more equitable chances for everyone. If there was a real effort from those in charge to ensure no one suffers and wants unnecessarily, then maybe there would be no need for charity. Just saying.
Marc W. Polite
Does Not Want It With Oprah