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Oprah’s Race Controversies Continue

First, Oprah Winfrey made a gross mistake by equating the death of Trayon Martin to the murder of Emmett Till. Read my earlier post for the details.

Now, Oprah is embroiled in another race controversy.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Oprah claimed she experienced racial bias during a recent trip to Switzerland when an employee of a retail shop refused to show her an expensive handbag:

Oprah told Entertainment Tonight that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to show her a handbag that was “too expensive” for one of the world’s most powerful and richest women. She told the story when asked by ET about the use of the N-word.

“Racism for me doesn’t show itself that way. It still exists,” she said and went on to explain what happened in the Zurich shop.

“Obviously, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is not shown in Zurich,” she told ET. “I say to the woman, “Excuse me, may I see that bag right above your head?” And she says to me, ‘No, it’s too expensive.’ She refused to get it.”

Following the media circus surrounding Oprah’s claims of racism and an apology from the Swiss Tourism Office, the billionaire media star is “sorry” for the extensive media coverage of the incident.

‘I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up.

‘I purposefully did not mention the name of the store,’ Winfrey said. ‘I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there.’

Oprah’s behavior with the Trayvon Martin comment and the incident in Switzerland is extremely disappointing.

Oprah, despite her billions, is acting just like the other members of the black liberal establishment.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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