Oprah spoke of millions of lynchings taking place in the United States.
On using the N-word:
Lee Daniels: It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power.
Winfrey: You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. … I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.
Forest Whitaker: I don’t use the word. Never did.
But according to the Tuskegee Institute, there have been 4,743 lynchings in the United States from 1882 to 1968. Hardly the million she referred to. A quarter of those lynchings were of white people and the vast majority done by Democrats.