Appearing on British television to promote her latest film, “The Butler,” media icon Oprah Winfrey naturally touched on one of the movie’s central themes: racism.
While admitting “it’s gotten better,” Winfrey said that “as long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved.”
She contended that “generations of people … just have to die” because of their prejudiced views, prompting interviewer Will Compertz to steer the conversation toward Barack Obama.
“Has it ever crossed your mind,” his rambling question began, “that some of the treatment that Obama and the challenges he’s faced … is because he’s an African-American, and if he wasn’t African-American – if he was a white guy – this wouldn’t have happened? He wouldn’t be treated in quite the same way? He wouldn’t have to deal with quite the same confrontations?”
Winfrey responded, “Probably it’s crossed my mind more times than it’s crossed your mind.”
She went on to condemn “the level of disrespect when the senator yelled out, ‘You’re a liar.’” Apparently, an attempt to paraphrase Rep. (not Sen.) Joe Wilson, Winfrey used the outburst as a segue into her belief that Obama’s critics are motivated by bigotry.
Describing a “level of disrespect for the office,” she said that it “occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because [Obama] is African-American.”
When black leftists trash white conservatives, no one assumes it is based on their visceral hatred of Caucasians. There are two very distinct political ideologies fighting for power in this nation. Conservatives battling for America’s founding principles must vigilantly confront leftists on the issues and without regard to meaningless attributes such as skin color.
Throughout all of her posturing, Winfrey failed to mention that Wilson was right in characterizing Obama as a liar. Even one-time supporters of his policies are now admitting that he misled the nation to further his agenda.
Also conspicuously absent from her critique was the fact that a growing number of blacks disenfranchised with leftism are being welcomed with open arms by Tea Party groups and other conservative causes.
The fact that those on the right recognized the fallacy of Obama’s policies years before the Washington elite does not make them racist – it makes them observant.
–B. Christopher Agee
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