In a recent interview Oprah Winfrey explained her views on children.
While explaining the strict rules of the household, her father — not knowing his daughter was pregnant — declared, “I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River than to bring shame on this family and the indecency of an illegitimate child.”
Fearful, Winfrey thought, “Before the baby was born, I’m going to have to kill myself,” adding she did “stupid things like drinking detergent and all that kind of crazy stuff that you do when you’re trying to get attention, when you’re really just trying to cry for help.”
In a past interview, Winfrey, now 56, said she “hid the pregnancy until my swollen ankles and belly gave me away.” A few weeks later, her baby died in the hospital.
Looking back, Winfrey, who’s now a billionaire with her own cable network, said losing the baby who she “had no connection to whatsoever” was a blessing in disguise.
“When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance,” she said.
We are led to believe that Oprah’s father’s “strict rules” are what is to blame here. However if that were the case we would hardly expect her to consider the death of an innocent human being, brought about by “bad choices, not having boundaries, sexual abuse from the time I was 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13” to be a “blessing in disguise”.
The truth is that Oprah’s views of children as being a nuisance, a punishment, a plague, and a parasite, are shared with millions of women across the country.
The real tragedy here is that that Oprah fails to see the selfish immorality of her own worldview.
It’s sad that we do things like spend a week debating whether the political rhetoric of our age leads others kill others as in the case of the tragedy in Tuscon, AZ. And yet we never hear about how language like Oprah’s encourages millions of would-be mothers to take the lives of their children every year.