Oprah Winfrey in an interview with the BBC in 2013:
WINFREY: "I’m saying that, you know, that’s the beauty of a film like 'The Butler,' and it’s the beauty of a film like '12 Years a Slave,' and it’s the beauty of what we’re seeing on stage with 'Scottsboro Boys' is that it allows people to see where the root of the problem started. It allows people to see, 'Oh, that’s where it all started, this is how far we’ve come, and now this is how much farther we need to go.' Of course problem is not solved. You know, as long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, problem’s not solved. As long as there are people who still, there’s a whole generation – I say this, you know, I said this, you know, for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own, you know, community in the south - there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die."
GOMPERTZ: "Do you think, has it ever crossed your mind that some of the treatment of Obama and the challenges he’s faced and some of the reporting he’s received is because he’s an African-American, and if he wasn’t an African-American, if he was a white guy, those wouldn’t have happened, he wouldn’t have been treated in quite the same way, he wouldn’t have to deal with quite the same confrontations?"
WINFREY: "Has it ever crossed my mind? It’s crossed my mind probably as many times as it’s crossed your mind. Probably it’s crossed my mind more times than it’s crossed your mind. Just the level of disrespect. When the Senator yelled out, 'You’re a liar.' Remember that? Yeah, I think that there is 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."