According to TMZ reports:
Oprah Winfrey says she has no tolerance for anyone who uses the N-word around her — no matter the color of their skin — saying, “You cannot be my friend and use that word around me.”
Oprah — along with Actor Forest Whitaker — just spoke about the race issues with Parade magazine to promote their new movie “The Butler.”
During the interview, Oprah was asked about the N-word — which becomes extremely relevant in the wake of the racial comments made by her former “Color Purple” co-star Rae Dawn Chong.
As we previously reported, Rae lashed out against Oprah and said she would have been a “field n**ger” back in the slave days.
Oprah never mentions Rae in the interview, but makes it clear she doesn’t respect people that throw that word around.
“It shows my age, but I feel strongly about [the n-word] … I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
What about all the people that hear that word before they get a hug or some dap from their loved ones?
The interview is interesting … with Oprah claiming kids today don’t know “diddly-squat” about the civil rights movement.
She also explains why she thinks Martin Luther King’s dream has not been completely 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.”
Did you peep how Oprah refused to mention Rae Dawn’s name???? Rae you aren’t worthy of Oprah speaking of you….BE GONE!
JeroslynDiva: Oprah is right, our generation definitely doesn’t understand the true history behind the N-Word which is why we use it so much. However, we didn’t teach ourselves the word. It was passed down. Passed down from family/friends who are around the same age as Oprah, so don’t point fingers at Generation Y, because it was the Baby Boomers and beyond who set the trends we follow. Let’s just be honest here. However, we do need to begin to work on expanding our vocabulary and leaving the N-Word out of it.