Oprah Winfrey has made it clear: She cannot stand people who use the n-word – and it does not matter whether the person is white or black.
In an interview with Parade magazine, the actress along co-star Forest Whitaker were promoting their new movie The Butler, when she was asked about her view on the n-word, and she was straight. ‘You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it,’ she tells the magazine. ‘… I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.’
Oprah went on to say that kids of nowadays don’t know absolutely anything about the civil rights movement. ‘They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat!’ she says.
She also does not believe that Martin Luther King’s dream has been fulfilled. ‘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.’
This declaration is coming in the wake of Oprah’s former Color Purple co-star Rae Dawn Chong making racial comments against her, saying that Oprah would have been a ‘field n***er’ back in the slave days.
Oprah didn’t mention Chong’s name in the interview.