Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan once proclaimed: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
An adage that does not seem to apply to media mega-star Oprah Winfrey, who recently claimed the “n-word” was the last thing heard by “millions” who were lynched, Newsbusters reported.
A clear — and blatantly false — implication that millions of blacks have been lynched because of their race.
Winfrey made the comment during an interview with Parade Magazine, as she discussed her role in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” a movie that chronicles a black man’s years of service in the White House.
When asked a question about using 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.”
Interestingly, the inaccuracy went unchallenged by Parade Magazine.
Nearly 3,500 African Americans and 1,300 whites were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968, mostly from 1882 to 1920, according to the Archives at Tuskegee Institute.
Winfrey said in the interview that young people today know “diddly squat” about the history of the civil rights movement, however, as Newsbusters pointed out, it would seem that she needs to brush up on her own history.
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