operaYou’ve got a new project addressing racial disparities in healthcare and COVID…something you think isn’t over yet, and has been somewhat forgotten.
Talk to the media mogul Los Angeles Times To deliver her new documentary, “The Color of Care,” which premieres this weekend on the Smithsonian Channel… and it opened up a lot about racism, healthcare, celebrity privilege, mask mandates, and what can be described as COVID amnesia. …especially with regard to those who died in the epidemic.
First, she discussed highlighting what POC, particularly those in relative poverty, have had to deal with while navigating the health care system for the past two years…and how she thinks race has played a big role in their cold shoulder.
After that, Oprah became a character with her own history… acknowledging that she has had a tremendous amount of access and priority as a well-known personality throughout her life.
She says that’s actually one of the best perks to fame… being able to get the best of what you need any time something goes wrong. However – she explained that once in the mid-2000s, she had a thyroid problem that was misdiagnosed by several doctors, who, she suggested, didn’t want to find out what was really wrong with her for fear of her fame.
When she went to the thyroid specialist, she claimed the man had told her to “accept hunger,” otherwise she would gain a lot of weight. Some say this speaks to the fat phobia that permeates this country – but the big picture, O says that even the medical establishment is deeply flawed… and you invite people to have multiple opinions, and to have a support system with you.
On the issue of masks… Oprah says she’s still very supportive of wearing them, even at this point… saying it’s too early in her mind, but she respects those who want to get rid of them.
Finally, Oprah spoke about the idea that we as a society seem to have overlooked the many COVID deaths we’ve endured…saying, “I don’t recognize a country where I lost close to a million people and there weren’t A letter or mention in the State of the Union.”
She believes that there should be some kind of formal community gathering specifically for this purpose, adding… “Who are we not to realize the importance of this recognition?”