Oprah Opens Up About the N-Word, Racism

Jul 31, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Oprah Winfrey let her feelings be known about racism and the N-word in an interview with Parade magazine. The longtime queen of daytime TV made it clear she has no tolerance for the word.

Winfrey sat down with fellow actor Forest Whitaker and director Lee Daniels, with the three doing publicity for the upcoming release of their movie "Lee Daniels’ The Butler."

Asked about the use of the N-word, Winfrey said: "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."

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

Said Whitaker: "I don’t use the word. Never did."

Noting that young people today don’t know enough about the civil rights movement ("They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat!," said Winfrey), Winfrey asked: "Do we live in a land where Martin Luther King’s dream has been ultimately fulfilled? No. Has part of the dream been fulfilled?"

To which Daniels replied, "Yes," and Winfrey nodded. Then she added: "Are more people judged by the content of their character than by the color of their skin? Yes. Is everybody judged by the content of their character? Absolutely not."

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