Questlove Rips Into Bill O’Reilly For Defending Slavery

Bill O’Reilly is probably the proto-troll. He says some crazy shit on the regular, so it’s easy to brush it off as an “old man yells at cloud” situation. But some things you can’t just let roll off your shoulders, like when you’re black and folks want to belittle just how vile slavery was. O’Reilly did just that in response to Michelle Obama’s moving speech at the DNC this past Monday. In one of many potent moments, she said: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” The Fox News pundit responded by saying “slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings.” Wow, you’re right Bill, what humane inhumanity. FOH!

Amid much outrage on social media, one of the most astute and resonant statements came from drummer, hip-hop legend, and overall music aficionado Questlove. He took to Instagram to post a picture of a slave with protruding lash marks and point out why O’Reilly’s comment was so fucked on so many levels. He threw some of the smartest, sharpest, soul-piercing, personal daggers that have passed in front of eyes in a long time. Sample venom: “I dunno if that man’s (never say his name) point is to troll at any cost whatsoever but his entire existence is 5 steps backwards for any progress made in humanity.” Yeesh, well said. Read his full statement below:

Slavery was inhumane. Slavery was sadistic. Slavery was uncomfortable. Slavery was unjust. Slavery was a nightmare. Slavery was a despicable act. Slavery is the pebble whose ripple in the river still resonates on and on and on and on. I'd like to think most of you have common sense. But there is nothing more dangerous than a man in a suit pretending to be a journalist giving revisionist history on the ugliness that was slavery. What's so fun and lighthearted about being shackled? being separated from your loved ones? Being molested and raped HOURLY, being branded with hot iron? being property? being castrated? being flogged? being malnourished? living in high stress conditions? forced to lay in your own feces? being sold in a heartbeat? suppressing ANY emotion (with the surprising exception of singing it was illegal —lashes or death–to read, write, "talk back" or "sass", cry (how many of you heard "you better NOT cry before I give you something to cry about!"), get angry, or even more surprising LAUGHING (a plantation barrel of water was always in proximity to dunk ones head in so one could express emotions and suppress the sound as to not alert your overseer of your "sassing"—deep history I just learned about laughing and the slave period—the first recorded song "The Laughing Song" was the defiant "F%^k Tha Police" of its day (also where the term "Barrel Of Laughs" gets its origin)—I'm getting beside the point. I dunno if that man's (never say his name) point is to troll at any cost whatsoever but his entire existence is a 5 steps backwards for any progress made in humanity. My dismay is the percentage of people who get their news from memes/headlines/& sources to whom they have 0 clue is feeding them false information. Human Trafficking in any form from today's underage prostitution, to the private Prison System we exercise here in the US, to the Holocaust to 500 years of Slavery–and all other examples I've not mentioned is INHUMANE & Evil. —watch where you get your information from and the company you keep people.

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