Oprah Decries Americans’ Ignorance on Civil Rights, Laments ‘Millions’ of Blacks Lynched
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement:
“They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
Historians at the Tuskegee Institute estimate that approximately 3,446 African-Americans were lynched from 1882-1968.