If you ever become fortunate enough to be bestie’s with Oprah Winfrey, you mustn’t ever use the word “n***er” or any variation in her presence. Break this rule and find your tongue removed from your mouth and buried on the Harpo complex next to some squash. Okay, not really, but Oprah doesn’t play that all the same.
Promoting her role in the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed film, The Butler, Oprah shared her thoughts about the slur with Parade magazine. Oprah explained:
“It shows my age, but I feel strongly about [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.”
Well, fair enough. She went on to add that kids know “diddly-squat” about the Civil Rights Movement. Again, she got me there.
Oprah went on to say the following about the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream not being completely realized:
“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.”
Watch your mouth around O.