In a controversial interview with BBC, where Oprah Winfrey was promoting her movie in the UK, she accused anyone who criticizes then-President Barack Obama, only does so because they are racists. During her interview, she told BBC host Will Gompertz that racism has “gotten better” but that “laws” have forced people to stop being racists. Oprah then went on to call critics of Barack Obama, suggesting the only reason they criticize him is because they are racists.
“There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs, in some cases—and maybe even many cases—because he’s African-American,” the media mogul told the BBC during an interview about her movie, The Butler, and modern racism in America. “Has it ever crossed my mind? It’s crossed my mind probably as many times as it’s crossed your mind. Probably, it’s crossed my mind more times than it’s crossed your mind,” she answered when asked if she ever thought that the President was treated any differently because he’s Black.
“Just the level of disrespect. When the Senator yelled out, ‘You’re a liar,’ remember that?” Winfrey asked, referring to South Carolina Republican Representative Joe Wilson’s breach of decorum when President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress in September 2009.
That disrespect is shown to the President and his position is a bigger indication that America is not yet in a post-racial society, according to Winfrey. “As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin,” she said, “the problem is not solved.
“It would be foolish to not recognize that we have evolved and that we’re not still facing the same kind of terrorism against Black people en masse as was displayed with the Scottsboro Boys. It’s gotten better, [but] are there still places where people are terrorized because of the color of the skin, the color of their Black skin? Yes.
“There’s a whole generation,” she continued, “there are still generations of people, older people who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism. And they just have to die.”- Diversity Inc. (Watch the video below)
The outspoken, conservative, Allen West, blasted Oprah for her incendiary remarks, claiming that the tactics she’s using have been taken directly from Saul Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radicals.”
The former Fox News host Megyn Kelly opened her segment on her show to discuss comments made by Oprah Winfrey about “racist” critics of Barack Obama by saying: “It’s amazing to see someone as successful as Oprah Winfrey, I mean a billionaire, thanks in large part to American viewers loving her. White, black, brown, you name it, loving her— talking about racist Americans.”
West replied to Kelly, “It is absolutely appalling, and unconscionable, that you would have Oprah Winfrey who is a billionaire by all, uh, regards, and that you have the first African American President, and they’re both continually to try to use the “race card” to talk about the failures and the faults, not in the racial content, but in the content of his character, and the failure of his policies. And based upon what Oprah Winfrey described as being a “racist”, well, then I guess I am a racist as well because I don’t’ agree with those policies. But what’s really interesting how, when Oprah Winfrey, or Morgan Freeman, or some of the others, when black conservatives are attacked by white liberals, you don’t hear anything from them. Or when Harry Reid comes out and says that he accepts the president because he is light-skinned, and he doesn’t use negro dialect, that’s accepted language coming from the left. So, there’s an incredible hypocrisy, and it’s setting race relations back in the United States of America.”
Megyn explained that Oprah used the instance of Rep Joe Wilson yelling, “You lie!” during a State of the Union address, over President Barack Obama’s claim that illegal immigrants would not be covered under Obamacare. Joe Wilson, as it turns out, was correct. Barack Obama did stand at that podium in front of Congress and America and lie. “So, in a court of law, that would not fly” Megyn claimed.
West then explained how the tactic Oprah used to silence Obama’s critics is straight from Alinksy’s “Rules For Radicals” book.
Megyn then went on to point out how Oprah’s ratings have dropped since she became political.
Watch the BBC interview with Oprah Winfrey here: