Oprah – Does She Really Care About America’s Invisible Children?

by Wanda Parker

Building on Joseph’s earlier post I would like to ask: is Oprah truly the caring person she wants people to think she is?

New York, Jan 1 (ANI): Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has hit out at people who have criticised her decision to build a 40 million dollar school complex in South Africa, saying that unlike kids in America, children in the African nation yearn to learn.

In an interview with Newsweek, Winfrey revealed that she had been “frustrated” by the way American inner-circle kids did not appreciate the value of a free education, and thought the money would be better spent on kids who had a burning desire to learn, but did not have the means.

“I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn’t there,” the New York Daily News quoted her, as telling the publication.

“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,” she added.

She is frustrated!?

It is all about her – not what the children really need.  Because the children of America frustrate her she doesn’t want to help them.  It is like a whiney child, “You don’t make me feel good so I won’t play with you.”

I have no problem with her giving the money to the children in Africa, I have a problem with her explanation of why she won’t give to children in America.

It isn’t the children’s fault that they have wrong values – it is the fault of the adults who are raising them. It is your fault and my fault because we haven’t done enough.  We keep looking for easy fixes and there are none. 

Oprah is suppose to be this guru who knows everything!  Why can’t she see what the problem is with the children in our inner cities?  It isn’t poverty – it is poverty of the soul.  They don’t have adults in their lives who can critically think through what their real needs are.

 Oh how I would love to sit down with Oprah and talk through what American children really need.

At a KidTrek Associate ministry recently a Secondary-Nurturer was taking home a van load of teenagers when two of the girls got into a fight.  When they got to their apartments the mothers came out and started yelling at each other and cursing each other.  The police had to be called.  How are kids who are being raised by adults like this ever going to be able to become productive adults?

What if this Secondary Nurturer just gave up and said, “These kids terrified me so I’m not working with them anymore.”  (Being terrified is a lot worse than being frutrated) NO!  She isn’t going to give up.  She is willing to be terrified, to work long hard hours with little reward, to fight for these kids. Because this Secondary Nurturer cares more for the children than for herself.

This Secondary-Nurturer doesn’t have millions of dollars to give she has something worth much more – she has herself.

This is what the children of our inner cities need.  They need adults who will walk-through-life with them. 

Oprah, would you sit with me – not on television – and listen to someone who has worked with America’s children for more than 40 years and talk about what they truly need?  What do they need below the surface?  What do they need even if it makes me and you uncomfortable?  What do they need even if it means you and I have to sacrifice?

Do you want to be challenged to step out of the box to make a truly lasting difference in the lives of children?  Then consider attending KidTrek’s 88O BootCamp click here    July 14-22, 2009 and October 6-14,2009


2 responses to “Oprah – Does She Really Care About America’s Invisible Children?

  1. Thank you Ms. Parker, It’s just that simple an impoverished soul.
    I’m working with an organization Potenial Unlimited in maryland and our focus is to provide after school programs in every available
    community church and partnering with our senior community to tutor, mentor, encourage, inspire and share love with the youth.

    thanks again: Ray Tyson

  2. Ray,
    Thanks for your comment.

    Through much research we have learned that just providing an after-school program does not bring lasting results.

    Check out the blog post Where is the Church, Christ’s Body http://whymissionaries.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/where-is-the-church-christs-body/
    to see what our research has shown us the kids need beyond a simple after-school program.

    It you would like to discuss this more check out our website http://www.kidtrek.org where you can find my e-mail address. I would love to dialogue with you in regard to this. My passion is to make a lasting difference in these kids hearts. KidTrek is taking some bold and unprecedented steps to make this happen. We also have a passion to share with others what we have learned. Only by all joining together can this happen across America.

    I appreciate your heart.

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