O / Chris BuckNotice anything unusual about this picture?
Oprah, oh, Oprah. You did it again. You're making us uncomfortable. You're making us think.
The picture is one of three controversial photos from an article in O, the Oprah Magazine's issue on race. It is supposed to spark conversation about America's "elephant in the room." (The "O" is for Oprah Winfrey, the former talk show host and current cultural icon.)
"It was a topic on all of our minds and [Winfrey] was eager for us to tackle it," Kaylin said in an email. "The main thing we wanted to do was deal with the elephant in the room—that race is a thorny issue in our culture, and tensions are on the rise. So let's do our part to get an honest, compassionate conversation going, in which people feel heard and we all learn something—especially how we can all do better and move forward."As you can see, one of the pictures shows Asian women chatting and laughing while white women give them pedicures.
Other photos show a little white girl standing in a toy store aisle looking at rows and rows of only black dolls. The third photo shows a Latina woman holding a little dog while on the phone as she doesn’t acknowledge the presence of a white maid pouring her a cup of tea.
Race representation matters, from movies, television, magazines to just everyday depictions of life. It’s the very topic behind the three photographs by Chris Buck which presented people of color in place of roles usually reserved for white people.
Filipina/Chinese Judy Geralde promptly tweeted them out, showing how the photos were impactful for people in the minority. Naturally, it went viral.