Sojourner's Place

white priviledge strikes again! much obliged baba wawa!  

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It will never cease to amaze me just how much white folks take their white privilege for granted; and Barbara Waters's "come clean" announcement on Oprah is just one more example of this. It seems Walters wanted to come clean about an affair she had with Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts over 30 years ago. And she does so, without any regard to the impact this revelation would have on Brooke's, or his family.

A moderate Republican from Massachusetts who took office in 1967, Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate. Both he and Walters knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined his career as well as hers, Walters says.

The Associated Press article breaking this story, makes no mention of whether there were attempts to contact Brookes before writing or going on Oprah and telling all of hers and his business. One can only assume that since this is not mentioned, that she nor her publicist thought that detail important. Further, the article does not speak to any mention from Walters what part this affair may have played on Brooke's first marriage which, ended in divorce. What appears to be foremost in her mind, however, is that she remembers Brooke's as being "exiting" and "brilliant". And when asked if she loved him - as if that was even important - Walters responded that she thinks she was "infatuated".

Walters is privy to a variety of venues through which she could have shared her jungle fever experience. She could have promoted her book via the View. She could have exposed this torrid affair on one of her primetime specials. But, instead she does so on Oprah. The one show that is known for creating "rags to riches" stories and boosting authors right to the best seller list. No, doubt Walters is not stupid and has just ensured that "Auditions" will be a best seller before it hits the shelves. But, Walters also showed that she is insensitive to anyone other than her own self interest and promotion.

She has no problem with hiding the identity of a friend who advised to stop the affair - but is quite comfortable with exposing Brooke. She chokes up when speaking about her mentally retarded sister - but shows no remorse for the part she may have played in breaking up an African American man's family. Yet, she offers no apologies to his family for the part that she played and now will have to play as this story garners more and more momentum. She will come out of this smelling like a rose and Brooke's...well, thank God he lost that 3rd bid for the Senate just before the affair ended.

Shame on you Oprah for not asking her if she felt or feels any remorse. Shame on you for not taking up the mantel for women and/or men and children whose lives have been destroyed because of infidelity. But, I know, she's BaBa WaWa. She doesn't have to be remorseful. She doesn't have to answer for her actions. After all, she can do what she wants to do without repercussion, because as they say "she's free, white, and 21"!

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner('s Place) ain't got nothing more to say. ~~SjP

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10 sojourners hollin' back

No disrespect - but Barbara Walters is old an aging fast. The spotlight just isn't what it use to be.

Gotta get that attention from somewhere - so why not do it at the expense of him?

I'm sure there were others that she could have mentioned I wonder why she didn't.

I have so outgrown watching 'The View' I'd like to give a slug nut to that judgmental Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I wonder if she will sit at the roundtable and tell Walters what a low life she is and has been. Seeing as Hasselbeck allows no room for human error nor forgiving.

And, sometimes Whoopi sits there and just literally makes me wanna spit in anger.

Why did you get me started?!

Boo Barbara Walters old ding dong bat.

ps - she used the Big O

May 2, 2008 at 12:38 AM

VickiLynne - much obliged for stopping by... I'm not a View watcher and very seldom watch Oprah - so, I can't put either show on my do not watch list; but I'm really seriously thinking about writing both shows to express just how I feel about this. What is so very disheartening about this for me is that Barbara and Oprah have shows that are suppose to be uplifting to women regardless of race, creed,or color - yet, they used their venues to talk about this affair and promote a book without any mention of remorse, morality, or regret. I am very anxious to see if there is any fallout on this particularly as it relates to Barbara Walters. We'll probably have to wait for a month of Sundays or the next BW special. SjP

May 2, 2008 at 1:42 AM

The man has been gone for 20 years,
why she chose to go back down memory lane on Oprah 20+ years later
made me chuckle.

Oh Barbra will you please get somewhere and sit down.

May 2, 2008 at 8:32 PM

TBG - its called greed...that's her motivation. SjP

May 2, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Barbara Walters wants to sell her book at all costs. And if one of those costs is to shout from the highest mountain that she got her swerve on with a married brotha, so be it.

She knows that in this tabloid generation, sex and drama sells.

This is truly tired.

May 3, 2008 at 7:14 PM


You nailed this one my sistah!

I watched the trailer for Oprah and was totally turned off by her comments.

May 4, 2008 at 12:26 AM

MLD - I think Barbara should have exercised her right to remain silent! SjP

May 4, 2008 at 12:39 AM

Hi there!

I would like to think that Barbara Walters would have informed Edward Brooke about her disclosure before going public...she seems to have been respectful with the "private" business of other public figures over the years, which is why she's still highly regarded in her field.

I would like to think that Oprah would not be part of any 'ambush' and that she would have made sure that Edward Brooke is aware of the upcoming show. She has consistently shown that she has notified all parties before airing shows like this. I hope she has not lowered her standard.

I tend to think that a man who violates his vows is the one who should be vilified. He is the one who has damaged his family. Even if a MILLION WOMEN offer themselves, he can say no. Unless he comes out to say he was tortured and chained and forced to sleep with this woman, we can assume that he was a willing participant in this mess with Barbara.

Oprah sometimes doesn't ask all of the questions that a journalist would - but she hasn't been a journalist for a very, very long time.

Thanks for sharing this!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

May 5, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Lisa - I paint no roses on Brooke for his infidelity. You are right - he could have said no...and Barbara could have apologized or shown some remorse about the relationship. Hopefully, she did - we'll see tomorrow. SjP

May 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Oprah's 4 interviews with Jill Bolte Taylor were the first that Oprah did after Eckhart Tolle and they take everything Tolle talks about to another level. Oprah's copy of Jill's book, MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, was dog-eared and all marked up and kept reading from it the way she read from A New Earth and recommended it highly.

Oprah's recommendation was enough for me. I read My Stroke of Insight and I loved it too. This story is as inspiring as The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie - and even better, it has a Happy Ending!

I bought the book on Amazon because they have it for 40% off retail and they also had an amazing interview with Dr Taylor that I haven't seen anywhere else - Here is the Amazon link:

June 2, 2008 at 10:29 PM
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