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Oprah Laments ‘Millions’ of Lynching Victims

Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels, and Forest Whitaker star in the upcoming film, The Butler, in which Whitaker plays a White House butler who serves seven presidential administrations. To tout their new film, the trio sat down with Parade — and had a factually challenged conversation about race in America.

On using the N-word:

Lee Daniels: It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power.

Winfrey: You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. . . . I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree

On “whether young people today know enough about the civil-rights movement,” Winfrey declared, “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat!”

The Tuskegee Institute estimates that 3,446 blacks were lynched between 1882 and 1968. Perhaps Winfrey should brush up on her history before lamenting this generation’s ignorance.

Via Breitbart.

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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