Oprah: Many Americans Disrespect Obama Because He's Black

Oprah Winfrey has gotten herself into another controversy about racism. She faced criticism last summer for a claim that a sales clerk in Zurich, Switzerland refused to sell her a handbag because she was black -- a claim which turned out to be exaggerated at best. Now she has made another charge of racism: according to Oprah, many Americans push back against President Obama's agenda because he is black.

The media mogul spoke to the BBC's Will Gompertz while in the UK to promote her new film The Butler, in which she plays Gloria Gaines, the wife of a White House butler. The interview turned to racism in America. She opined that there was a whole generation of racist people who were "born and bred and marinated" in racism who would never change their ways. Oprah then moved to politics:

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. There’s no question about that and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.