In the latest episode of her new Apple TV show "The Oprah Conversation," billionaire media personality Oprah Winfrey coached a panel of eight guests to admit to their "unconscious" racism.
During the conversation, the guests asked Winfrey how to combat "racial injustice," including inquiries pertaining to which words to eliminate from their vocabulary and how to correct other white people from inappropriate behavior toward people of color.
"I think that's so beautiful… talking to your white friends [and] meeting them where they are," Winfrey said. "Once you just start educating yourself and you get woke … you should just meet people exactly where they are."
Winfrey praised her guests for opening themselves up and committing to self-betterment.
"Your heart has been opened and deepened to the point where you say, ‘I want to be better.' Everybody who agreed to speak here today has done that [with] a willingness to say, ‘I'm not who I want to be, but who I want to be I know is someone who can be better than this moment,'" Winfrey said.
Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho — who was also a guest on Winfrey's show and has his own YouTube program called "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" — placed racism on a spectrum of severity, using legal categories of unlawful killing as a point of comparison.
"White people [are] not taught about racism, so white people end up incidentally committing racism," Acho said. "While it is not the same thing as first-degree murder, it's still an unlawful act that kills someone. In the same breath, there are degrees of racism. While we might not have first-degree racism, anymore, we still have third degree racism, which I draw the parallel to involuntary manslaughter. You're not physically killing them, you may be emotionally killing them."
Acho described his worldview as being based on a view of "oppressed versus oppressor."
"Black people are currently dying at the hands of white people, and [they're] getting away with it," he Acho. "It's not just that they're dying. [The killers] are getting away with it."
Winfrey's program caught criticism as critics and lawmakers slammed her on social media.
In the previous episode, Winfrey said "whiteness" and "white privilege" benefit all whites in a racial "caste system" in the U.S.