Oprah’s Money – And Priorities

Oprah Winfrey continues to get a bad rap for that $40 million gift to build a school for girls in South Africa – and not use the money for acute educational needs in America’s inner cities.

Five points:

1) It’s her money.

2) There’s no need for any other reason.

3) For the sake of argument, there’s Winfrey’s own on-point, politically incorrect rationale, as quoted in Newsweek magazine: “I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools (in America), that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn’t there.”

4) To call her hypocritical because she promotes materialism as a high-profile, high-end consumer diva is an irrelevant cheap shot. She’s an American success story. She’s earned it. And she’s sharing a lot of it with those who appreciate it.

5) It’s her money.

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