This week, Oprah Winfrey revealed that, in her mind, the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman for that alleged crime is the “same thing” as the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. Conservative radio host Glenn Beck called Winfrey’s statement “evil” on Tuesday and observed that “these are two cases that have nothing in common.”
“Oprah Winfrey would get pummeled for this statement if she wasn’t Oprah Winfrey and she wasn’t on the left,” Beck said.
“I can’t think what they have in common, honestly,” he opined. He called Winfrey’s comments a “slap in the face to the memory of Emmett Till and anyone who suffered during segregation and the Civil Rights era.”
Beck recalled that Till was tortured and killed the “crime” of flirting with a white woman. His killers were acquitted by a 1955 Mississippi jury but later bragged to the press about their roles in the killing of the teenage boy.
“Does this sound so far like the Zimmerman case at all?” Beck asked. “Doesn’t to me.”
“How are these stories like each other at all?” he continued. “It’s offensive, and I would go so far as to call it evil to compare these events.”
It’s not the same as torturing and executing a 14-year-old and bragging about it, it’s a disgrace. It diminishes what African-Americans suffered through.
“The truth matters,” Beck concluded. “And this is what we get from the most trusted and biggest celebrity in America.”
- ‘Evil To Compare These Events’: Glenn Beck Rips Oprah For Linking Trayvon’s Killing To Emmett Till’s (mediaite.com)
- Glenn Beck chastises Oprah about her 1950′s revisionist history comparing Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till. (matthewira.wordpress.com)
- Oprah’s parallel and why Trayvon Martin is no Emmett Till GBTV 080613 (Warning: Graphic Image) (grumpyelder.com)
- ‘Evil To Compare These Events’: Beck Rips Oprah For Linking Trayvon’s Killing To Emmett Till’s (patdollard.com)
- Oprah Winfrey Says Trayvon Martin & Emmett Till Are The Same (VIDEO) (globalgrind.com)
- Oprah To NBC: Trayvon Martin’s Killing ‘In My Mind, Same Thing’ As Emmett Till’s (mediaite.com)
- Oprah: Trayvon Martin ‘In My Mind Same Thing’ as Emmett Till (nationalreview.com)
- The Death of Black Youth: Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till (jengeinosky.com)