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.
“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.