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Oprah Winfrey Tears Up About '12 Years a Slave,' Says Racism 'Not Solved'

In an interview with the BBC, Oprah Winfrey said she was glad to finally see a string of civil rights films but teared up when speaking about '12 Years a Slave'.

"It's impossible for me to talk about it," she said. "I can't even talk about it. Devastating."

"But I think everything has its time and I'm so happy for this time," said Winfrey. "The fact that all of them are happening this year is really, really exciting. People are ready to hear it."

Asked if she meant the racism problem was finally solved, Winfrey replied: "I'm saying problem not solved. I'm saying that's the beauty of a film like 'The Butler' and that's the beauty of a film like '12 Years a Slave.' 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, now this is how much farther we need to go.'"

"Of course, the problem is not solved. As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved."

"And there's a whole generation of problem who were born and bred in this prejudiced racism and they just have to die," Winfrey said plainly.

She was also asked about whether she believes racism has played a factor in the challenges President Barack Obama has faced.

"There's no question about it. Has it ever crossed my mind? Probably it's crossed my mind more than it's crossed your mind," she said.

Just the level of disrespect when the senator yelled out 'You're a liar,' remember that? Yeah, I think there's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe in many cases because he's African-American."

November 14, 2013 |

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