Questlove Responds To Bill O’Reilly: “Slavery Was A Nightmare”

“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. “

July 27, 2016

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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Like many people, Questlove was disgusted by Bill O'Reilly's assertion that the slaves who built the White House "were well fed and had decent lodgings." The controversial comment was the Fox News pundit's response to a line in Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: “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.” This morning, the drummer for The Roots wrote his thoughts on O'Reilly's views on slavery in an Instagram post.

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“Slavery is the pebble whose ripple in the river still resonates on and on and on and on,” he wrote. “I dunno if that man's (never say his name) point is to troll at any cost whatsoever but his entire existence is a five steps backwards for any progress made in humanity."

Representatives for Questlove were not immediately available for comment. Read the entire statement, which includes a good deal of stomach-turning history, above via Pitchfork.

Questlove Responds To Bill O’Reilly: “Slavery Was A Nightmare”