Dr Oz: Oprah Winfrey, ‘Selma’ + Racism & Prejudice In Our Country

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Dr Oz: Oprah Winfrey

Dr Oz said most people can probably count on one hand the number of people who have come into their lives and changed them forever. For him, one of those people was Oprah Winfrey. He welcomed the incredible Oprah to his show.

Dr Oz joked that Oprah had to sit in the right chair where she sat for years, and she said she doesn’t have a “better side,” because everyone has seen all her sides. Dr Oz then shared a social media picture of Oprah that she posted of herself with Tamiflu. Dr Oz said the first 48 hours of the flu are most dangerous, so Oprah isn’t contagious anymore.

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Dr Oz: Oprah Winfrey, Salem + Racism & Prejudice In Our Country

Dr Oz talked to Oprah Winfrey about her new movie ‘Selma’ and current issues of racism and prejudice in our country. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Oprah said she’s an obedient patient, but Dr Oz said she can be a bit stubborn sometimes, because she’s set on what she wants to do. Oprah said she’s sensitive to how things work in her body, and gave an example of when she was given a thyroid medication and she knew it was too much for her body. Dr Oz said they were doing a show and Oprah told him that a viewer had actually diagnosed her thyroid problem. “I love the viewers!” Oprah said.

Dr Oz: Oprah Winfrey ‘Selma’

Dr Oz then wanted to talk about Oprah’s new movie Selma, that tells the story of an important time in our country’s civil rights movement. Because of the current protests in our country, Selma seems more timely than ever. It tells the story of how in 1965, white resistance to black voter registration was strong, especially in Selma, Alabama.

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Oprah plays Annie Lee Cooper in the movie, who was a Selma native that became a civil rights activist after being denied her right to vote. The movie is centered around the three marches from Selma to the state capital led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Their peaceful protests were often met by violence, but because of those marches, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. It’s considered one of the landmark accomplishments of the civil rights movement.

Dr Oz: Oprah Winfrey On Racism In Our Country

Dr Oz said we are still fighting racism in our country 50 years later, and Oprah said she thinks you heal by hearing other people’s stories. She said you don’t hold grudges or stereotypes when you know someone who fits some kind of role or mold. She said sharing stories shows that “I am just as you are.”

She said people would tell her on her show that she needs to talk more about black people and she said she realized that her show needed to be about our humanness. She said she found it more impactful to do a story about a black father reading his son a story and putting him to bed than it was to do a story about black fathers. She said seeing that a black father cares about his children in the same way that you do, it helps you to see that we’re all the same.

“You cannot heal unless you’re first willing to hear,” she said. She then explained that Selma was not made as a teaching tool, it was made for entertainment, but also to tell the story about our country.

Dr Oz: Coping With Racism & Prejudice

Dr Oz said a lot of people haven’t faced prejudice in their own lives, so they have a hard time understanding it. Oprah said the real issue is that the stories have never actually been heard, absorbed, and acknowledged with people apologizing for what happened to them. She said it makes a difference for someone to say, “You were done wrong, I understand that you were done wrong, and I am sorry about that. And from now on I will do whatever I can to make sure that does not happen to you again.”

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