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Oprah Winfrey says Emmett Till lynchings are still happening

Photo courtesy: Oprah Winfrey via Instagram (@oprah)

Photo courtesy: Instagram – @oprah

Black Americans have been on edge all year thanks to the senseless and seemingly endless occurrences of police brutality against Black people that have left many of us dead with no justice in sight. And that horrifying trend continued this past week as two unarmed Black men, Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, were both unjustifiably shot to death by police officers while driving while Black. With so much turmoil in the Black community surrounding these killings, Oprah Winfrey recently shared her thoughts on the matter and equated them to modern day lynchings.

In a new interview, Winfrey spoke about her recent trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and she explained how the section of the museum devoted to Emmett Till, who was lynched in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman, was the most impactful part of the trip to her.

“They have Emmitt Till’s casket when his body was exhumed and they were actually trying to make sure that it was Emmitt Till so his original casket in is there. When you look at the story of Emmitt Till and how that motivated a whole nation to take action and when you think about what’s happening in our country today with Black men, unarmed, being shot it’s like a new Emmitt Till every week,” Winfrey said.

Winfrey continued her comparison of Till’s horrific murder to the killings of today’s Black men.

“When that happened, it was like the country had never seen anything like that demonstrated and now you see it so…,” Winfrey added.

Winfrey then shared that the museum has a powerful tribute to the Black people who have lost their lives to racism and brutality.

“Another thing that was so moving and that could make me cry was that they have a wall of all the men and women who were lynched. There’s a lynching wall with all the names of the people. For me, those were the two most moving things,” Winfrey said.

We’re definitely interested in seeing what other powerful pieces this museum has to offer. Winfrey hit the nail on the head by calling these killings modern day lynchings and it’s heartbreaking that America has not changed in the decades since Till’s violent murder.

What do you think of Winfrey’s words? Let us know in the comments.


  1. robjh1 on September 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I so don’t agree with her comparison. She should read At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire.

    Content of character.

  2. nosey rosy on September 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    A CHILD WITH A TOY GUN IS NOT A CRIME ,BUT WHAT IS IS THE TERRIST ATTACK ON BLACK AMERICAN after we now are legal to carry weapon which up the horrific fear of gittery scary racist whom killed as many blacks in as the fell a need to , if we are told a concieled weapon is right as long as we present it . then cops should ask is there any legal weapons before approaching and stop acting like a white man with a gun is not a threat and black man who could be a model citizen is . white males are the same human in america who barbequed blacks while lil children watched and celebrated in court after torching a innocent child named emmitt til for allegedly smiling at a evil white woman OPRAH IS CORRECT we seeing all these killings and we see EMMITT TIL . the anger the unjust the evil of heartless law makers who will not bring these killer cops to justice for all these killings white people too self serving to see mexicans get more respect then the ancesters of people who built america … and i dont mean cutting grass and laying bricks and rocking babies!! jobs now mexican get easily with no citizenship f.ord motor co and off shore now hire illegal ..GO TO TEXAS AND YOU WILL SEE IT but white worry bout blacks atleast were legal,,,..crisis in america is all this TERRISM DONE by WHITE TERRIST PARADING AS LAW MAKERS AND PEACE KEEPERS PEACE KEEPER MY ASS ,, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN first TRAIN THEM HOW TO KILL blacks and RETIRE rich,, a cop got $200,000 for killing eric garner??. . and cops are paid like walmart workers and they all look bitter at blacks cause were to intelligent to accept a job you gotta kill to retire on a nickel pay check . FEW BLACK COP and u notice they aint trying to kill for that petty pay .. . they learned that if they unjustly kill a black man they retire early.. we should be marching on stopping police dept from hire untrained ignorant nuts , we need extensive testing to ween out racist crazies . it should be as hard to be a cop as getting in harvard .. a cop should be paid good but they pay low wages , cause ex miltary see low cop pay as better then miltary pay but harder work a dummo will not catch that while interviewing a cop candidate is hired like walmart cashiers with a background in floor cleaning and wiping a gun . .and field play . most never shot a rabbit even really but we put them on the street give um a badge and expect racism to be deleted

  3. nosey rosy on September 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    AND QUEST WHO DOING IT KKK IN POLICE GEAR . u can not tell me a hugh percent of those killings were not racially motivated it not plausable . we dont care bout self defense motives it all about why shoot blacks and not whites? now whites are scared cause they fell blacks will use them to retaliate , glad im not white in america now .. police are putting people in danger will they be their if a whites house got burned by angry blacks in the middle of ,night or somewhite lady is harmed with her kids in car ?? we got crazy blacks who will revenge this crisis . like the micheal johnson but we cant solve it like that

  4. nosey rosy on September 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    TRUE STORY im black i have a white female friend in austin texas she had 3 dui s 2 possessions of controlled substance .. and $1500 of unpaid traffic fines , a suspended license and she still drive and never get takenn to jail and has been stopped by cops several time i was curious why her and her drug dealing alcholic white son keep getting pulled over and no jail.. her son called her 3am on the side of freeway and said MOM IM STOP BY COPS AND THEY TOLD him to call his mommie to get his truck or they will tow it.. she get in her car her and a friend come to where he and the cop was parked he was in his truck sloppy drunk peed on his self even . his moma was allowed to bring his truck home and him too ,, he is 26 white male? his moma was let go with no ticket even she had suspended licenes fines and a warrant and a narcotic possesin case pending
    HOW IS THIS ? WHY IS THIS ? HOW OFTEN IS THIS . she told me this laughing and said she never get in trouble with all her issues the cop GAVE HER A EASIER ROUTE TO GET TRAVEL HE TOLD HER HE WOULDNT WANT HER TO GET STOPPED 2X >??? UMM REALLY .. lives could been destroyed if her drunk had hit someone wow .. i cant believe her, butt this is the result of white privelege in america im glad i saw this , rarely blacks have white friends cause its hard to be friends with a racist.. and the reason i stay friends with her is cause it validate all my suspicion about white and how they think . her son was eventually killed by a black man FIGHTING OVER A WHITE WOMAN ..
    FOR INFO ON THIS STORY EMAIL ME [email protected] jc

    • John J Rouse on September 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      My GOD you blacks are uneducated.

    • Dennis Reesman on September 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Nice to see you paint white people with such a broad brush. It’s people like you that keep racism alive.

  5. sugarntasty on November 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Oprah with your renown and affluent interest, you could change. Society not civilization mention,
    lynching “deep southern” states experiencing “gang violence! Not KKK what did I say,Oprah gangs
    selling narcotics joining forces harm law enforcement. Oprah forgotten wealth gotten with social,appeal typical using race card to remain. Relevant can deal independent Black minds which
    Obama and fake Blacks. Detest always reverted your the rich Black woman” equivalent to African
    corruption! Oprah ask Congress to assist with jobs and college not co-dependency Hillary going continue rich Oprah. Playing pious your friends of Ed Lee D. and London Breed.D using Blacks in
    San Francisco gentrification. Oprah ask Eddie Jones chief of Chicago P.D where crime is high yeah,
    where Emmett originated gangs. Still lingering where is resolution ask Louis Farrakhan okay!