While promoting her upcoming movie about a longtime black employee of the White House, The Butler, Oprah Winfrey said an interview that the death of Trayvon Martin was the “same thing” as the lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy killed in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman. “Trayvon Martin — parallel to Emmett Till,” she said.
“Let me just tell you — in my mind, same thing,” she said in a preview of an interview with The Grio, an NBC News website.
She went on to urge black Americans to not “get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and see how far we’ve come.”
When promoting the movie in another interview last week, in a discussion of racial slurs and young Americans’ ignorance of civil-rights history, Oprah alluded to “millions of” lynching victims who were called such words shortly before their deaths.