In a recent interview with BBC, media mogul, Oprah Winfrey talked about the presence of racism still existing in America. ‘There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs … because he’s African American,’ she said of Obama.
The outspoken Winfrey went on to say no one is above racism not even the Leader of the Free World. While this thought is hardly ever spoken except in mainstream media, we, as African Americans talk about it all the time.
As an example of the utter disrespect being shown toward President Barack Obama, Oprah cited the instance when Republican congressman, Joe Wilson, shouted out ‘You’re a liar!’ during a 2009 speech the President was giving.
I think we all remember that.
‘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,’ she said drawing reference to the film “12 Years a Slave.” ‘It’s gotten better.’
Oprah, born in 1959 in Mississippi believes that if she had been born just five years earlier than she was, she would not have been blessed with the opportunities she had that brought her to where she is now. And, that despite the progress that’s been made by people of color the underlying racism is still unresolved.
Oprah suggests that movies like “The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave” don’t point to problems of the past but rather spotlight the issue that is still prevalent today. She feels that the issue of racism will continue unsolved until the bigoted thoughts of class and race, the human indecency that accompanies it and racism that has been taught to so many generations is eliminated.
‘There are still generations of older people who were born and breed and marinated in that prejudice and racism and they just have to die,’ Winfrey added.
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