In promoting her new movie, Selma, Oprah Winfrey has attempted to look at the parallel between the civil rights struggle of the 1960s compared to the struggle going on today, specifically around Ferguson. Unfortunately, she seems way out of touch:
What I’m looking for, is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it.’ ” Protest organizers and sympathizers swiftly slammed her comments, calling her condescending, ill informed, and dismissive of youth-led organizing in a way that widens the generational civil rights divide.
To see how just how wrong Oprah is, look at St. Louis native Ashley Yates, better known as @brownblaze, who has been in Ferguson from the beginning. Team Blackness sat down with Ashley to discuss the beginning of this new movement, what activists have learned since August, and why self-care is so important for the overall movement.