Oprah And Lynching

This is a perfect illustration (via NewsBusters) of what I meant in Lying Liars :

It seems that when there’s a good liberal narrative to be advanced, facts and actual history don’t matter.

That was apparently the case when Oprah Winfrey claimed that the “n-word” was the last thing heard by “millions” who were lynched. The implication is clear — millions of blacks have been lynched because of their race. Worse yet, Parade Magazine let Winfrey get away with her “fact” unchallenged.

Winfrey made her comments in an interview discussing Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” a movie that chronicles one black man’s years of service in the White House. Winfrey plays the role of Gloria Gaines, the wife of Cecil Gaines, who served from Eisenhower through Reagan.

Parade spoke with Daniels, Winfrey and actor Forest Whitacker, who plays the role of Gaines.

All three responded to a question about using the “n-word.”

Whitaker said he doesn’t use the word and never did.

“It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power,” Daniels 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,” Winfrey said.

According to information gleaned from the archives at the Tuskegee Institute, 4,743 were lynched between 1882 and 1968 — not the millions claimed by Winfrey.

Of the 4,743 people lynched during that period, about one in four — 1,297 — were white.

There are a lot of low information people who equate credibility with celebrity. How many people do you think will never take the time to know that there weren’t millions of blacks who were lynched and will just take the word of Oprah as gospel?

Maybe she doesn’t even know…but she should be held responsible for her public pronouncements. Hell, the editors of Parade Magazine should have done it…you watch, any attempt to correct it will be defined as “racist”.

64 thoughts on “Oprah And Lynching

  1. And who lynched them. From most sources you read Racist Southern Democrats were responsible for the majority of the documented black lynchings and laws passed to suppress their voting rights. Although horrific, it pales in comparison to the 1000 plus black youth that are killed annually by other blacks due to the destruction of the black family by the Democrat Party and abort another 1400+ per day in Planned Parenthood Clinics in the US today.

    After looking at the evidence racist politicians and social engineering zealots are responsible for driving this train down the tracks. If they had left things alone most of the race issues in this country would have passed away. Amazing how they now vote for the same people that have purposely tried to keep them on the new plantation.

  2. It wasn’t a public statement by Oprah, it is hearsay as told by Lee Daniels.

    you say “If they had left things alone most of the race issues in this country would have passed away”. Boy, that is easy to say when it isn’t your set getting lynched, torched, beaten or just plain kept down in your place. Maybe we shoulda waited a few more decades before allowing them boogies to vote and intermarry, right Bubba?

    • And once again, you prove what an ignorant ass you are. You say:

      “It wasn’t a public statement by Oprah, it is hearsay as told by Lee Daniels.”

      Straight from the Parade website and will be published in print Sunday:

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

      Winfrey: 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.

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

      I don’t know, Imam – the Internet is pretty public and it was a direct quote…I’m thinking you may be wrong…but it isn’t the first time, is it? This is pretty familiar territory for you.

      I never approved of lynching, nor does anything I wrote point to such a conclusion – I only pointed out the lie, moron.

      You need to get some psychological help. You are pathologically anti-social…maybe more drugs will help…maybe less…but better consult your physician for such “mundane things” before Obama decides you are a drag on society and not worth saving.

    • Melfamy,

      A who was killing them and keeping them down. Progressive Liberals and Democrat Racist.

      From 1950 to 1960 the black family was still intact and climbing in the creation of wealth and then a racist Democrat by the name of Lyndon Baines Johnson through the War on Poverty enslaved them to their new Masters.

      Look at the facts.



      You progressives screwed the black family it wasn’t the conservative right.

      Prove it wrong.

      • The racist democrats, known as dixiecrats, left the democratic party because they were against integration. The Dixiecrats joined the republican party, where their racist views were quite welcome.

        Utah, I stand corrected. I took these two consecutive sentences as both being spoken by Daniels, and I failed to look at the link you kindly provided.
        “It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power,” Daniels 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,” Winfrey said.

        No, a 1000 lynchings is enough horror; Oprah needn’t square the number make it worse, unless she is in a competition with Elie Wiesel. And 1865 was long enough for a people to be enslaved, 1954 was long enough to be taught in 2nd-rate schools, and 1964 was long enough to be disenfranchised, doncha think?

        • Coming in late to this, but I’ve never seen substantive evidence that the lynchings of African Americans ran into thousands, let alone millions, and my sources include John Hope Franklin, James Cone (who I studied with), Sydney Steele and other mainstream African American historians and economists. Robert Fogel, an American economist and historian and Nobel Laureate (back when the prize meant something), studied slavery and its aftermath extensively and his publication describes a fiendish and inhuman system. From all this work one can conclude that lynching and similar terrorist actions by the Klan and their Democrat political sponsors was carried out for their terroristic effects and were not routine events after President Grant dispatched Generals Sherman and Sheridan in the 1870’s and forced the post-war south to behave. BTW, the Dixiecrats returned to the Democrat Party after their unsuccessful attempt to run Strom Thurman for president in 1948. They remained Democrats while attempting to filibuster the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts in the mid-1960’s. Lyndon Johnson enlisted GOP support to get both historic acts passed into law. Also, most African Americans voted Republican through the 1960’s, until Lyndon Johnson introduced the “Great Society” programs and as he stated publicly, “…turned the n…gers into Democrats for two generations.” Classy guy. old LBJ. Finally, my mother’s Irish ancestors were routinely lynched and displayed from lampposts in “civilized” places like Boston, Philadelphia and New York. We were routinely depicted as drunken apes, and while we may have been drunk we were certainly not simians. While I’ve never seen counts on the numbers of Black and Irish lynchings, to quote Hillary, “What does it really matter now.” It was evil and un-American then and racism, Black and White, is evil and wrong now, as any real American will surely acknowledge.

          • I am of Irish and Italian extraction, I have heard the stories from my aunts and uncles how they were treated in Boston.
            That is why i give these idiots hell for their nativistic BS when it comes to Muslims. Their claims of Islamic hatred towards us because of our freedoms is a stupid as basing anti-semitism on a reading of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or worrying whether a Catholic President will take his orders from the Pope.

            Now,as to your ‘public’ quote by LBJ, where is the proof? I have looked for awhile and cannot find it. He said something similar to two AF colonels, but it still wasn’t public. LBJ was a plain-spoken man, and the n-word was not coated with the stigma attached to it today, but it was not generally used in public.

            • Hi melfamy: I can make no claim to Italian blood, but my mother’s parents immigrated legally from County Kilkenny in about 1925 and settled in Palmira, NJ, a small town across the Delaware. My mom was the youngest of 8-children and my Grandfather was killed in an “accident”, shortly after my mother’s birth. After years of researching what happened I have concluded my grandfather was killed, and possibly lynched by nativists, who were actually very active in south Jersey at that time. On the Muslim issue, I view freedom of religion as a basic right for all American citizens, but the doctrines and history of Islam concern me in that they appear to require its adherents to pursue the establishment of a “Global Caliphate” that would reign over other faiths in a manner incompatible with our core American beliefs. This and the rise of militant Islam in Iran and elsewhere concerns me.

              I’ve seen the LBJ quote multiple times, so it’s real, but I’m away from my library at home right now, so I’ll have to give you exact citations later tonight. But I think the last place I read it was in a book THE PRESIDENTS’ CLUB, that one of my kids gave last year. Very interesting book, especially on Hoover, Nixon and LBJ. Cheers, CDE

              • My wife’s grandparents, on both sides, were Greek. My mother-in-law recounts an incident involving the KKK in her book of family history, but it was not related to the Greeks. However, she intimated to me her feelings, as a child, of being treated no better than the n…… She grew up in Union, SC; my father-in-law was from Savannah, GA Athough, my father-in-law retired a full bird from the USAF, and they left their children a nice inheritance, she never really got over it.

                I am halfway through the book (taking a lot of notes) and am leaving for London on Sunday, so I will be out of touch for a while. But on this particular thread, I would just say that IMO, lynchings and other aspects of Jim Crow were the result of local tyranny.

              • “so I’ll have to give you exact citations later tonight.”

                Do not ever expect the same in return from Melfamy. Much of the conditioned responses you see from writers here are directly attributed to Melfamy’s unreasonable behavior to include, but not limited to accusations of incestuous child molestation by the blog’s owner.

              • So the Pope and his sodomite priests, you’re okay with.The Bible calls for a pretty bloody endtimes, and celebrates the murder of women and children.
                Mark Twain used the term n—-r, but he was not a racist. LBJ used the term quite often, so did many back then, and he talked more racist to racist people, because that was how things got done. LBJ should be pilloried for not avoiding the quagmire called ‘Nam, but, whatever his personal feelings, he did a lot for the poorest and least enfranchised of our fellow Americans.

        • “The racist democrats, known as dixiecrats, left the democratic party because they were against integration. The Dixiecrats joined the republican party, where their racist views were quite welcome.” – Melfmay

          If I may borrow from you, Melfamy … “where is the proof? I have looked for awhile and cannot find it.”

          • Melfamy,

            You mean all those Souhern Democrats that voted against the 1964 voting rights act that pased with a higher percentage of Republican votes by party. How about Lyndon Johnson. Now there was a real supporter of black voting rights as long as he could figure out a way to buy them for the next 100 years.

            But I will agree Nixon was a total looser as well.

    • Melfamy,
      After living in Oakland, CA for many years in a neighborhood that is home to people from 52 different countries I take umbrage with your choice of the word Bubba in response to Utah. I’ve heard Bubba, Honky, Cracker all used as hostile terms for whites by people who want to paint that white person as a racist, sometimes without knowing anything about that person except their race. Did Utah really say some vile & racist thing or did he disappoint you by offering real statistics from an unimpeachable source?

      Is it possible some white people in this country have not wronged blacks? Whites whose ancestors came here after the civil war, whites who lived up north & never held slaves or lynched anyone, whites whose ancestors were abolitionists who risked so much to circumvent & eventually end slavery?

      How well do you know Utah? Have you been to his home, met his family? What understanding do you have of what formed his view of the world? Maybe you don’t completely understand his intentions. Maybe you don’t know him well enough to call him the word some people use to denigrate Southern white men.

        • So you feel because you are a Southern white male it’s ok for you to use terms that denigrate that group? I notice you haven’t answered any of the questions I posed regarding whites in the 2nd paragraph of my first post to you. I asked the questions because I’m sincerely interested in your answers.

          • Of course there were good white people, what kind of stupid question is that? And Utah constantly places the blame for prejudice on those who are being stereotyped or denigrated, or shot by trigger-happy cop wannabes. Utah assumed that Spokane had less crime because chinese, rather than blacks, were the largest minority. Not true, Spokane is second in crime in the state. But how can that be?
            Utah assumes that a crowd of tired, hot, hungry blacks crossing a bridge on foot, seeking help, deserve to be shot at, driven back from where they came. Yeah he is a racist.
            Utah assumes that any muslim he is talking to is lying through his teeth. Utah is Bill the Butcher reincarnated, but without the charm.

            • You certainly perceive Utah much differently than I do.

              I’ve never seen you write anything even vaguely positive before about caucasians so I’m glad that you said “of course there were good white people” although I guess you couldn’t help describing my question as stupid.

              If Utah is Bill the Butcher reincarnated, who are you?

        • “I Am a southern white man, peckerwood!”

          Does it make you even more of a man to call a lady a “peckerwood”? Just curious.

            • Lack of awareness is a reoccurring issue with you. It’s ok though, the rest of us has gotten used to it.

              • I am man enough to apologize, Augger, while you and the Dimmer Twins twist your so-called values into knots, anything to avoid admitting error. Deny it all you want, you idiots are a laughing-stock, a source of lowbrow amusement. Now go tell the free shit army how shocked and indignant you are at my insensibilities, you utterly shameless hypocrite.
                forgive me, Augger, I guess shouldn;t talk that way to a little bitch.

  3. The best thing about being a liberal is never having to let facts get in your way. IE the “million man march”, Climate change, Obama being smart, Michelle Obama being pretty. I could go on and on.

        • He has terrible examples to prove his point. No one lies more about their numbers than Beck fans, climate change is a reality, even insurance companies are changing theri actuarial tables to reflect the facts. Obama IS smart, Michelle Is pretty, so what was his point?

          • Must be fact mixed with opinion, I guess. There was not a million men at the Million Man March.

            “…within the first 24 hours following the March a conflict between March organizers and Park Service officials erupted over crowd size estimates. The National Park Service issued an estimate of about 400,000 attendees,[6] a number significantly lower than March organizers had hoped for.[7] After a heated exchange between leaders of the march and Park Service, ABC-TV funded researchers at Boston University estimated the crowd size to be 837,000, plus or minus 20%.[6]March.”

            Believe who you will on that one.

            True, the climate is changing, but does that make Al Gore’s reasons correct, or is just a natural act of the Earth that has been going on for millions and millions of years?

            Is Obama smart? Smart v. intelligence? I would argue against “smart”, but he is cagey and incredibly well supported by smart people.

            Michelle pretty? Not in my opinion; certainly not “beautiful”, “gorgeous” etc. etc. ad nauseam that the media is constantly preaching. When she smiles, she is minimally attractive. When she is frowning or berating someone, she’s just plain ugly. The two daughters are as cute as they can be.

            Of course, these are just my opinions. 🙂

            • Million man march was named prior to the march with the goal of attracting a million men not the population of the event. Climate change? Just look at the month on July. Is Obama smart? That’s relative. I sit alongside engineers everyday that some can spit out formulas off the top of there heads like nothing but leave that environment they’re dumber than a box of rocks. Is Michelle Obama pretty? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so again relative. I’m sure her husband thinks she is and what we think really doesn’t matter.

              Point, maybe but mostly opinion. Facts, not so much.

            • it was called the MMM before it happened. It was just a name and a goal. Beck, on the other hand, lied After the fact about the number of attendees.

              Gore is just the reporter, and he has recently said that the organisms in the soil are soaking up far more CO2 than previouslythought possible, so the greenhouse effect won’t be on us as quick. But what will result from the excess co2 in the soil? We don’t know what we are doing to the environment.

          • “Obama IS smart” – Melfamy

            Well isn’t that grand. Let’s all enjoy Obama’s intellectual prowess together now ….

            Yes sir … real genius.

            • Not his best effort certainly, but then, he’s freewheeling; no teleprompter. Seriously, what he said was it’s okay for 3rd world countries to pollute the hell out of the planet so they can catch up with the US economically. The USSR almost polluted their country to ruination during the space and arms race and we ship all of our EPA and OSHA violating industry to 3rd world countries because we can no longer pollute the hell out of our country – so what was he really saying again?

              • Obama is not that bright
                He certainly hasn’t governed like a guy with smarts
                May 20, 2012 4:09 am

                By Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
                Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008.
                “So what is his IQ?” Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn’t know. He was just assuming.
                Many shared that assumption. Adjectives frequently applied to Mr. Obama are “smart” (278 million hits on Google), “intelligent” (62 million) and “brilliant” (24 million).
                There is little evidence to support it. Mr. Obama went to Harvard, but so did George W. Bush, who some liberals consider dumber than dirt. The president won’t release his transcripts, so we can’t judge by his grades. Mr. Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review, but when he was selected, popularity mattered more than scholarship.
                Mr. Obama joined an undistinguished law firm, where he tried no cases. So no help there.
                Many cite the president’s oratorical skills, but he often rambles when he speaks without a teleprompter. That’s because his brain “is moving so fast that the mouth can’t keep up,” wrote Meghan Daum of the Los Angeles Times.
                Columnist Joe Klein said Mr. Obama’s first autobiography “may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.” But Mr. Obama got help writing “Dreams from My Father” from “his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers,” celebrity journalist Christopher Andersen claimed in his 2009 biography of Barack and Michelle.

                Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/jack-kelly/obama-is-not-that-bright-636677/#ixzz2aqNrscaa

              • To listen to Obama is to hear a god speak. What insight and wisdom. He puts Solomon to shame. Where do we line up to bow down and kiss his ring.

                In reality, he is an arrogant and narcissistic community organizer that has never produced an ounce of wealth for the country. He is at his best flying himself and the mooch around burning up as much money as he can before he heads out to Hawaii at taxpayers expense.

                Best described as a useful idiot by his progressive handlers he will tossed under the buss when no longer needed. At least Jimmy Carter is happy. He won’t be the worst President in history much longer.

                • Yeah, those community organizers are such an uppity bunch! Progressives are sputtering mad over Obama’s lack of interest in their goals. Obviously, you are ignorant of what has been going on these last few years
                  you do have a talent for repeating right-wing lies, however, go with it!

              • It is not his intellect that was underestimated. It was the ignorance of the American people.

                And I’m still waiting to hear more about the 57 states

          • “Michelle Is pretty,” – Melfamy

            Wrong again. Michelle is not pretty, Michelle is decidedly HOT!

            Michelle Obama however, is not.

            Maybe for Moochelle there was a time ….

            Nah. Not so much.

  4. Maybe Oprah actually believes that millions were lynched. The vast majority of Americans are ignorant of history, especially about the civil war and reconstruction. Nobody gets educated by attacking them for holding false beliefs, they tend to become more entrenched in their positions. Maybe if we all were more civil we could learn something.

    • Agree, civility among Americans is harder and harder to find. The lack of historic knowledge in this country is amazing, but when I read what Oprah said I knew right away that “millions” of blacks were not lynched. If you look at the population of the country during slavery you’d immediately question that number. It’s also not true that all whites in this country during slavery were actually slave owners or even supportive of slavery. Some whites worked tirelessly to end slavery,

      • floridacracker49. You are correct. Oprah is an aparatchik says it with impunity to further the agenda of her messiah Obama and the America haters. She and others like her involved in this know that a good portion of the dumbed down society in this country will believe what she says without even thinking about it. Deliberate misinformation is how this country will fall.

        • Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, “We will bury you without firing a shot”. This might could be literally applied to Oprah, but I feel it fits your “dumbed down” statement. Sometimes I believe this country has been or is being dumbed down to the point some will never know when the burying (loss of rights/liberties) actually occurs.

            • Norman Mattoon Thomas, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party said in 1984, “the American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

              • florida,cracker49 I hate to be the Grandma who corrects people all the time, so I apologize in advance. However Thomas actually said that in 1944. I I know you meant 1944, my middle name is “TyposRUs”. Been there done that. .And believe me I am only correcting this so that people know how to reference it if they look it up. And thanks for bringing his quote up, because it is extremely pertinent to our present situation ^5 Happy Weekend. :-))

  5. And then there are those that know history and lie anyway to further their progressive utopian goals of world enslavement or the new Muslim Caliphate world dictatorship.

    If we had a real press instead of stooges posing as correspondents then they would have asked Oprah to explain how she came up with a million. A real reporter could have said “did you mean abortion” then she would have been well below the real number:


    Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.

    According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion

    On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.

    This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated “Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America’s Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member.”

    “Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today?”

    In summary, 16 million is a lot more damning than the 4000 that were lynched. I don’t know about others but I would have preferred they were all born and be contributing to society. If only they could throw of their progressive masters chains of welfare, violence, drugs and racial warfare.

    With all this evidence why on Earth would a black person vote for a Democrat or listen to race pimps like Jackson and Sharpton.

  6. The exaggeration and pure lies by liberals brings out the worst anger in me. Millions were never lynched. Oprah is a lying bitch, and she needs to retract what she said, and ask for forgiveness for slandering her fellow man. She’s another race baiting moron. Trying to gin up racial hatred is not the way to help this country. Frankly I think liberals want a real race war and total chaos.

    • I just cannot help but to like this post. Profanity and all not withstanding, I like the points you just made.

      Well said. 🙂

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