Why Oprah Built Her School in Africa

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    African girls don't have a greater need for education than American girls, but I am sure they do have a greater appreciation for the opportunity to get an education that Winfrey is offering them and will make the most of that opportunity.

    Oprah's `Truth' Shouldn't Hurt
    By Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
    January 7, 2007

    Liberals love to speak "truth to power," but the powerless need to hear the truth too. Knowledge, after all, is power. Don't keep it to yourself, I say. Spread it around.

    That's why the Queen of Daytime Talk did poor folks a favor when she candidly explained in a recent Newsweek interview why she decided to build the lavish $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls for impoverished teenagers in South Africa instead of in an American city. South Africa's students, she said, had a greater need and appreciation for education.

    "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," she said. "If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school."

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    Why would she build a school in America when it's one of the 'richest' countries in the world? Shouldn't that be the American's government job :redface:

    I also would think that lack of money, food, shelter, clothing and often parents presents a bigger need for African girls to get an education over American girls
     
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    I'm all for helping Africa out but I don't think chastising poor American kids for being lazy is going to do much for them. And Oprah should ask Bill Cosby how much doing so does for one's credibility and popularity.
    There are reasons kids in Africa are less materialistic than kids in America. For one, American kids are advertised to practically every waking moment of their lives.
    Maybe Oprah can address things like that. Maybe let people know how they're being manipulated into being complacent little consumers. She's a media expert. She knows about it.
     
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    I'm sure you and Oprah have a point, wiggles.

    But regardless of whether or not she's (partially) right, it's always a sad spectacle to see people being labelled by stereotypes based on the part of the world they happened to be born.

    I'm sure there are millions of american kids really interested in getting a good education.
     
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    Yep, every issue has its minority fringe. In this day and age, I am sure we could round up a few American kids who are interested in getting a good education.
     
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    Oprah is an American. She should have used her money to help improve the lives of American girls.

    Take your feel good, socialist BS somewhere else :cuckoo:
     
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    I gotta disagree Snowman. It's Oprah's money. I don't care if she builds a school with it in Africa or opens up a pork rib joint in Iran. It's American to make as much money as you want and spend it any way you like. However, I do agree that she will lose some moral authority when talking about how bad those poor kids from the inner city have it.
     
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    I agree. I was just talking about root causes.
     
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    WTF is an African going to do with an education?

    "Golly, this lion is trying to eat me - but at least I read Finnegans Wake!"

    "zomg this cobra just bit me, but who cares? I learned all my ABCs! Oprah is teh cool"

    LOL
     
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    the more money you give to africa to help and educate them, the less money you will spend put troops in at a later date because of civil wars, water wars, or religious extremisum etc..... the west needs to stamp out poverty then we will all live safer lives.
     

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