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Erica Jong Wonders If Oprah is “A Professional Negro”

by Latoya Peterson

erica jongWednesday, tetetotete sent in a Twitter message saying:

erica jong done lost her damn mind. On Oprah”you never felt that oprah was a professional negro” #dasracist

She was referring to Jong’s newest blog post for the Huffington Post, called “Oprah, Kitty and Me.” Jong was apparently writing about Oprah’s shift from a publicly accessible person to a private one, but raised eyebrows when she said:

But Oprah seems to have gotten more mistrustful with fame, not less. And she seems to have gotten more race conscious than she was when she was younger. You never felt that Oprah was a professional Negro. She seemed totally unaware of race — but what do I know about being black? It’s not like being Jewish with a Chinese nom de plume. Continue reading