Greeting Distinguished Guests,
I was not going to write-up a post today, I have not been feeling well of late, but as I was laying on the bed, scanning the news feed, and I came across the story about how Oprah Winfrey was “a victim of racism” in Switzerland.
I, of course, was shocked having been to Switzerland several times, I am no expert, but I’ve always found the Swiss to be very friendly people, so I clicked into the story to find out what was going on. In case you haven’t heard, Mrs. Winfrey was in Zürich, and had gone into a shop, where she asked to see a handbag, and alleged the sales person refused and told her, “You can’t afford that”, Mrs. Winfrey asked again, again the salesperson declined and attempted to show her another item, so Mrs. Winfrey left the store without a further word. The $35,000 handbag in question was never sold.
Now I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what happened, I find it rather odd that a salesperson in a store that sells $35,000 purses (you know they don’t have the $10 blue-light special going on) would tell anyone that they didn’t have enough cash for something. [shocked face].
I’m just saying maybe this is not a racist thing, just a bitch thing.
Let’s not confuse a nasty person with a racist person, because that is just too easy. Too easy to shift all the blame on the other person,
to easy to throw your hands up in disgust and walk away,
to easy to tell all your friends how horrible you were treated,
to easy to avoid standing up and acting like you deserve respect,
to easy to be a victim.
If Oprah truly felt that this woman was being racist, why did she let it just stand,
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful people on the planet, had an opportunity to affect one person on a personal basis, for the better, by having a “teaching moment” instead walks out, and then whines to the media. FOR REAL?
If arguably the world most powerful woman cannot stand up to HATRED, what chance do the rest of us stand? Oprah could have had $35,000 in the roughly 200 hundred various currencies in use around the world, brought to her, or she could have just whipped out the black card she has, and purchased the store, and fired her. If, she wanted to be nasty.
Or she could have just sat the salesperson down, and had a heart to heart, human to human talk. Someone as rich, educated, and successful, with as much interpersonal relationships as Oprah, should be able to sit down with someone and explain the error of their ways, quite easily.
IF Oprah was unable or unwilling to do this simple task to improve the lives of the people of Zürich, then who will, I ask.
IF not the most powerful woman in the world?
*for the record, the owner of the shop in question, stated that the salesperson’s English skills were somewhat lacking and that she believes that the issue was a classic case of “a simple misunderstanding”. Of course this is quite possible, I am inclined to think that the salesperson was just rude, plain and simple.