Oprah: Obama Faces Opposition Because of Racism

by Sterling Beard

Oprah Winfrey today shared some thoughts on race and President Obama with the BBC while in the U.K. to promote The Butler.

When asked by the BBC’s Will Gompertz if she thought Obama had to deal with racism, the queen of talk responded in the affirmative.

“Probably it’s crossed my mind more times than it’s crossed your mind,” Oprah said.

She went on to say that there is “a level of disrespect for the office” that “occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he is African American. . . . There’s no question about that and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.”

In order to further racial progress, she said, “generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, . . . they just have to die.”

Via Weasel Zippers.

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