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Lee Daniels: Americans are Showing ‘True Colors’ in Anger at Obama

Lee Daniels didn’t hold back during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, saying that he believed President Obama’s term  in office has revealed America’s “true colors” and it is still a racist and “angry” country.

Daniels wasn’t directing the comment toward all Americans, but he certainly had a point.

Morgan is known for asking the tough questions and when he pushed the director of “The Butler” to speak up on racism in America since Obama was elected, the interview  took a powerful turn.

“I think that people are angry that he’s president and I think that they are showing their true colors,” he said.

He tied his response in with the message he was hoping to send through his new movie and added that although he tried to inject some hope in “The Butler,” it wasn’t enough to cover up the truth about the current state of the country.

He said that in the movie, the characters are living in a time period where a black man could be killed by a white person at any given moment and no one would be punished for it. Shortly after finishing the editing of the film, the nation was rocked by the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

According to Daniels that’s when he realized that “sadly” we are far from reaching dreams of equality.

While he did admit that the country has certainly made some progress, “The Butler” cast member Cuba Gooding Jr. pointed out that there is a major “disconnect with the civil rights movement and the history of it.”

There is more than enough evidence to suggest that some Americans are angered by Obama’s election and are willing to do whatever it takes to paint him as a terrorist, Fascist or even the anti-Christ.

However,  Obama’s administration hasn’t been substantially different from that of many other presidents who came before him – except that he is black. According to Daniels, that’s exactly why America is so angry with him.

Daniels is hoping that although his movie won’t give anyone the answers and solutions they’re looking for when it comes to racism, it might provoke the type of dialogue that is necessary for more progress to be made.

The movie has certainly sparked a national conversation about civil rights and race issues as each of the cast members in “The Butler” revealed their own encounters with racism.

Daniels has said that he has to send his white secretary to catch him a cab because taxi drivers won’t stop for him. Earlier this year, Forest Whitaker was publicly frisked in a deli after being wrongfully accused of shoplifting.

The movie also comes along with tons of debate regarding the N-word, which initially stemmed from the Paula Deen controversy.

Although nobody could have predicted what national events would take place as “The Butler” hit theaters, the timing couldn’t have been any more flawless.

In the midst of the Deen controversy; American discontent with their African-American president; the not-guilty verdict for Zimmerman; and tons of other racially charged national debates, now is certainly the time that America needs to engage in a powerful conversation that is necessary for the advancement of the country.

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8 thoughts on “Lee Daniels: Americans are Showing ‘True Colors’ in Anger at Obama

  1. Marie-claire Mathieu says:

    en effet, le racisme est très présent aux Etats-unis et ce n'est pas demain la veille qu'on verra la fin de ce problème. Et curieusement c dans les deux sens.

  2. Ed Alexander says:

    people are pissed because he is a communist Muslim sympathizer,

  3. Ed Alexander says:

    Just when you think the progressive liberal power grab can't get more blatant, another ugly example rears its head. It appears that under the umbrella of Obamacare, the government will now send agents into your very home to inspect it and you. Yes, you now have someone else to worry about other than the IRS. David Catron reports in The American Spectator that the federal government will "authorize state agencies throughout the nation to send government inspectors to your house if a 'home visit' is deemed appropriate pursuant to HHS guidelines ostensibly meant to 'create social and physical environments Thanks Obama.

  4. Richard Hicks says:

    What a load of crap. That's exactly why the dems picked him. He's like every other socialist they have run for president for the last 30 years but since he is black you are a racist if you criticize him like you would kerry or gore or clinton or dukakis or mondale (notice a trend yet?)

  5. Typical internet commentators , you are mad, just re-read your own comments, i can almost see you foaming at the mouth when POTUS is menioned, the guy just said this administration ain't no different from the previous administration right, so why are you upset? Do you want change? I thought so

  6. Jdot says:

    The fact that people are upset because President Obama is no different, is a reaction to the notion that he would, in fact, be different. The one word we kept seeing and hearing was "change". There was no change, this administration is no different, as a result people feel duped. I think that's good enough reason for people to be a little upset.

  7. Jeanette Fitz says:

    We should all boycott his movie The Butler and see how he feels if it is a financial flop. He uses us to make his living

  8. This article makea me so mad. I am a white female my pastoe is black and my spiritual mother is black, but i am a racist because, i desagree qith Obama i also disagreed with Bush am i a racist. To me racist is a horrible thing to be called if you are not one stop threwing hat word around everytime someone does not agree with you. And by the way my black pastor does not like obama is he a racist.

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