Oprah Winfrey said on Monday that the Trayvon Martin case was remarkably similar to Emmett Till, a young Black boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after people said he flirted with a white woman.
“Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmit Till,” said Winfrey, who has her own famous talk show, said in an interview with the Grio. “In my mind, the same thing.”
However, she said there has been a lot of progress since the murder of Till, which was in 1955, and the killing of Martin last year. George Zimmerman, who killed Martin, was acquitted several weeks ago by a jury of criminal charges in the case.
“But you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and see how far we’ve come,” said Winfrey.
She also said she wants her legacy to include how she let the truth speak through her.