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Oprah Winfrey Refuses To Befriend People Who Use The “N-Word”

 

Oprah Winfrey hates the “n-word.” As a woman growing up in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, the billionairre has an understandably negative reaction to the racial epithet commonly used to demean Black people.

Winfrey has slammed rap for its misogyny (even though she was close enough with Jay Z to travel back to his Marcy Projects stomping grounds) and use of the word, but now she’s closing down her friendship circle to anyone interested in saying it –regardless of the “er” or “a” ending.

In a Parade magazine interview to promote her role in the Lee Daniels flick, The Butler, Lady O made her stance very clear. “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, who directed the film, added that he’s a recovering user of the n-bomb. “It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power.”

Meanwhile, Butler star Forest Whitaker was never in fear of losing Winfrey’s friendship.  “I don’t use the word. Never did.”

One person who doesn’t mind using the word? Rae Dawn Chong. Last week Chong called the 59-year-old a brow-nosing “field n—-er.”

Looks like they won’t be friends, if they ever were.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1068565340 Jimmy L. Shirley Jr.

    “Okrah” Winfrey is either a liar, given to excessive hyperbole, or is ignorant. Millions of people????!!!! MILLIONS!!!!!?????

    First of all, presuming she is referencing only these united States of
    America, and presuming she is, in reality, referring only to Black
    people, in all the years that the “”lynching”‘ took place as documented
    by the Tuskeegee Institute and others are as follows.
    The numbers
    of lynchings listed in each source varies slightly. The NAACP lynching
    statistics tend to be slightly higher than the Tuskegee Institute
    figures, which some historians consider conservative. For example, in
    1914, Tuskegee Institute reported fifty-two lynchings for the year, the
    Chicago Tribune reported fifty-four, and The Crisis, the official organ
    of the NAACP,gave the number as seventy-four. The reason for the
    discrepancies in these figures is due in part to different conceptions
    of what actually constituted a lynching, and errors in the figures.
    According to the Tuskegee Institute figures, between the years 1882 and
    1951, 4,730 people were lynched in the United States: 3,437 Negro and
    1,293 white. The largest number of lynchings occurred in 1892. Of the
    230 persons lynched that year, 161 were Negroes and sixty-nine whites.

    Contrary to present-day popular conception, lynching was not a crime
    committed exclusively against Black people. During the nineteenth
    century a significant minority of the lynching victims were white.
    Between the 1830s and the 1850s the majority of those lynched in the
    United States were whites. Although a substantial number of white people
    were victims of this crime, the vast majority of those lynched, by the
    1890s and after the turn of the century, were Black people.

    In a Parade magazine interview to promote her role in the Lee Daniels
    flick, The Butler, Lady O made her stance very clear. “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.”)))))

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