Oprah Winfrey Reveals To Gayle King That Stedman Graham Has Been Racially Profiled
Oprah Winfrey spoke with her long-time friend, CBS reporter Gayle King, on the current protests happening across America, in response to George Floyd’s death. On May 25, the world witnessed George Floyd, an unarmed man dying during an arrest in Minneapolis, MN. As he screamed “I can’t breathe” while on the ground, a policeman, Derek Chauvin, was recorded pinning his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
While Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged for third-degree murder and manslaughter, protests around the country sparked in response to the other three officers involved not being arrested.
Gayle King said of recent events:
“I cannot stop thinking about it. I can’t stop thinking about the looting. I can’t stop thinking about George Floyd. I can’t stop thinking about the expression on that cop’s face when he has his knee on his neck. He’s so comfortable he had his hands in his pocket. That’s the universal sign of ‘I’m really chilling here, I’m so comfortable’.”
She continued and admitted she almost lost it when discussing racial inequalities on TV.
“I did think I was going to lose it. I was trying very hard because we are CBS, you don’t show emotions, we’re not there… people don’t want to hear your opinion. I wasn’t trying to do that, but that story coupled with the Central Park lady’s story… preceded by Ahmad… it’s just too much.”
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In their discussion, Oprah Winfrey mentioned that Stedman Graham, her boyfriend of 30 years, has been subject to racial profiling in the past.
“I do not know a black man, period, who has not been profiled. I do not know a black man who has not been stopped at some point — including Stedman Graham.”
As a mother of a black man, King takes “open season on black men” very personal.
” You’re doing the most ordinary things and you lose your life… doing the most ordinary things.”
In response to Floyd’s case, Winfrey stated:
“There’s no black mother that hasn’t had the conversation with their son about making the adaption to when you’re stopped, having the right demeanor and behavior, and going into that. Whatever is necessary to keep yourself alive. But when you look at that videotape, he did all that.”
“Thank god for the videotape. In this case, the Central Park case, in the Ahmaud Arbery case, people say ‘it’s better.’ Well, racism isn’t better. Racism still exists. It’s just on video.”
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