Oprah Speaks Out It’s Like Watching A Lynching

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King react to the horrific death of George Floyd in a conversation highlighted by Oprah Magazine.

Kay Montgomery

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Posted On: May 30th 2020 6:03 pm pst

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I’ve been trying to process what can be said or heard in this moment. I haven’t been able to get the image of the knee on his neck out of my head. It’s there every morning when I rise and when I go through the ordinary duties of the day. While pouring coffee, lacing my shoes, and taking a breath, I think: He doesn’t get to do this. And now the video from the other angle of two other officers pinning him down. My heart sinks even deeper. His family and friends say he was a gentle giant. His death has now shown us he had a giant soul. If the largeness of a soul is determined by its sphere of influence, George Floyd is a Mighty soul. #GeorgeFloyd: We speak your name. But this time we will not let your name be just a hashtag. Your spirit is lifted by the cries of all of us who call for justice in your name!

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We love Oprah! This week has been a tumultuous week for the inspiring philanthropist, as she recounts being horrified by the video of George Floyd’s death, and is once again speaking out against racial injustice. In a conversation highlighted by Oprah Magazine with her best friend and CBS journalist Gayle King, she pulls no punches in highlighting her reaction to the death that has shaken the country.

“It’s like watching a lynching, but instead of a noose, it was knees.

I was shocked when I saw it, I literally was just like, stunned. You can’t believe…you’re watching someone being choked to death, and you see the life draining from them. And then when I saw the other angle of the other police officers holding him down while he’s being choked to death…

Oprah recounted that she had woken up teary and could not shake the image of Floyd. She went on to declare to others seemingly unaware or uncaring that,

“A lot of white people don’t understand what they’re seeing…but when you feel invisible and unheard, it sends the message that you don’t matter. I do not know a Black man period who has not been profiled, including Stedman Graham. If you pretend you didn’t see, you’re part of the problem.”

Gayle, Oprah’s longtime bestie, offered some signs that symbolizes hope for her,

“I feel that this is different this time, because white people are speaking out. For the first time I see white police officers speaking out, which you never see.”

If you want to see more of what Oprah had to say about the path forward during this difficult time, read my other ABTV Loves Oprah article “Oprah Says Civil Unrest is a Wake Up Call for America.”

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Kay Montgomery is a host at Afterbuzz TV who loves sitcoms and is currently embroiled in a vicious debate on Bracketology. She is A Different World devotee and although she has a masters degree in Education from The University of Redlands, she would have given anything to go to fictional Hillman College.

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