Oprah Said Old White People Must Die to End Racism-Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Oprah Winfrey once said that old white people must die to end racism or to achieve racial progress.
Oprah once said that some older people who were “bred and marinated in prejudice and racism” must die in order to end racism and achieve racial progress — but Oprah did not specifically say that old white people had to die.
Oprah delivered the quote during a 2013 interview with the BBC to promote “The Butler,” a film in which she plays the wife of a White House butler. In an interview with BBC correspondent Will Gompertz, Oprah said:
“It would be foolish to not recognize that we have evolved, in that we’re not still facing the same kind of terrorism against black people en masse. Are there still places where people are terrorized because of the color of their skin, because of the color of their black skin? Yes. But there are laws that have allowed us to progress beyond what we saw in “The Scottsboro Boys” and beyond the – even prejudice that we see in “The Butler.” As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved. There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it – in that prejudice and racism – and they just have to die.”
Oprah then said that she believed President Obama was treated with disrespect by some because he’s African-American:
“Just the level of disrespect – when the senator yelled out ‘you’re a liar,’ remember that? You lie!” at the president while he was addressing a joint session of Congress. I think there’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs, and that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American.”
Oprah’s comment about people “bred and marinated in prejudice and racism” has lived on years after the BBC interview. It’s periodically repeated on right-leaning websites, often leading readers to mistake the years-old story as “breaking” news. Also, in its retelling, these reports often suggest that Oprah specifically said old white people have to die to end racism — and that wasn’t the case.
The fringe website American Lookout, for example, falsely reported in August 2016 that Oprah said “generations” of white people had to die under a story headlined, “Oprah’s End To Racism: “Generations Of People – Older People . . . Just Have To Die.”
That is false. Oprah never said entire “generations” of people had to die to end racism. She said people in older generations who were “bred and marinated in prejudice and racism” would have to die to achieve an end to racism. It’s also important to note that Oprah didn’t refer to white people, or say that an entire generation had to die. That’s why we’re calling this one “truth” and “fiction.”