This week, Oprah Winfrey played the “race card” in a recent interview, saying “there’s 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.”
Disrespect? Is there a lack of support by white voters? President Obama won as many white votes in 2012 as President Clinton did in 1992. He won more white votes than Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and George McGovern.
Or is Oprah referring to the resistance of the Affordable Care Act? If so, it’s fair to point out that there was even greater opposition to the push for health care in 1992 that was spearheaded by the very white Hillary Clinton.
Allen West, U.S. Army Retired, was clearly in disapproval of Oprah’s remarks:
“It is absolutely appalling and unconscionable that you would have Oprah Winfrey, who’s a billionaire by all regards. Then you have the first African American President and they both continue to try to use the race cards to talk about the failures and the faults – not in his 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’m a racist as well because I don’t agree with those policies.
But what is really interesting is how Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman or some of the others – when black conservatives are attacked viciously by white liberals, you don’t hear anything from them or when Harry Reid can come out and say that he accepts the President because he’s light-skinned and he doesn’t use negro dialect – that’s accepted language coming from the left. There is an incredible hypocrisy and really – it is setting race relations back in the United States of America.
West continued and alluded to the fact that Oprah was using the race card for a political advantage.
“When you call out the race card, that is the last line of defense for them to try to get you to back off because no one wants to be called a racist and that’s the means by which you try to silence people and really, that is a suppression of your freedom of speech in this great nation in which we live.”
Other black leaders are expressing disapproval as well. Rev. Jesse Lee Patterson says of Oprah’s remarks, “Oprah Winfrey is sending a destructive and racist message to black youth”.
America, as a whole, has a strong desire to move forward and leave racial discrimination in the past where it belongs. Unfortunately, by spreading false rumors and lies and claiming discrimination where none exists, Oprah is very purposely engaging in a form of racism that she so adamantly pretends to protest – and this is how you set back race relations in America.
The only way to fix racism is to stop using it as an excuse.