Last week Oprah Winfrey charged that the United States was a racist nation, claiming that a whole generation of Americans were "born and bred and marinated" in racism and would have to die out before racism would end. She followed by saying that those who push back against President Obama's agenda do so because he is black.
Now the actress and media mogul is getting pushback herself, and this time she cannot brush it away with false charges of racism.
On his Monday radio show, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny) and the South Central L.A. Tea Party, chastised Ms. Winfrey for her comments:
Oprah Winfrey is sending a destructive and racist message to black youth. She made the outrageous claim that blacks in America are still terrorized by whites because of their race. I’m calling on Oprah to back up her claims and give proof of blacks being terrorized by whites. She can’t—because it’s not happening!
To the contrary, it’s black thugs who viciously attack and commit crimes against whites. Black criminals are also killing other blacks in cities like Chicago (Oprah’s hometown). Last year, the city had 500 black on black murders. When will Oprah talk about black racism and terror?
Successful blacks such as Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and others who race-bait are doing a disservice to the black community. This type of racial demagoguery divides the races and encourages hatred and violence toward whites. It also shuts down honest and meaningful dialog between the races.
Winfrey is a billionaire and she built a media empire with white people’s support. The older generation of whites that she says need to die out in order for racism to vanish also watch her movies and purchase her products. Her success and the election of Barack Obama exemplify just how little white-on-black racism exists. For her to sully an entire segment of innocent white Americans to a foreign press outlet is racist and an insult to her own country.
Her recent comments are far more shameful than Paul Deen’s alleged use of a racial slur some thirty years ago. I believe that Oprah has always been a closet racist—she’s just free to express her racism because she’s no longer constrained by her show airing on a major network. She should immediately apologize to the American public for her remarks.”