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There is an interview at Parade.com with Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, who are costars in The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels (also interviewed and also black).

The Butler is another of Hollywood’s attempts to encourage black people to bemoan “white culture” and to shame white people for having the audacity to move on beyond the middle of the last century.

You can read more about the movie on IMDB, but I want to focus instead on some of the remarks made in the interview, in which the three blacks are asked to share their bland, expected opinions on racism in America and what is referred to with a seeming air of superstition as “the N-word.” I guess America doesn’t hear enough of what black people think about these issues.

On that warrantlessly “powerful” word, Mr. Daniels tells Parade, “It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power.”

Then Oprah chimes in: “You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it.”

I guess she probably wouldn’t be interested in being friends with this respectable young black man who made a rap video on the fly after the re-election of President Obama, in which he hollers his praises repeatedly that Obama is not only a [Magic Word], but that he is his [Magic Word].

When asked to talk about their experiences of racism against them, as if they needed any prompting to talk about it at all, Mr. Daniels had this to say: “It’s a given. I can’t even get a taxi [in New York]. I send my [white] assistant out to get a taxi because I can’t.” (Brackets originally in the interview.)

But there is an ocean of difference between being a racist and a realist, or what Richard Butrick describes at The American Thinker as being interested in self-preservation when “We don’t have time to check out our presumptions. From a survival point of view it is better to err on the side of caution[…]. We have to profile.”

Surely Lee Daniels can’t be blaming taxi drivers for profiling when, according to FBI statistics, as explained by Pat Buchanan, “Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites [nationally], they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse.” And according to the New York Police Department, blacks are responsible for 55.5 percent of the city’s murders, even though they only make up 25.5 percent of the population.