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Questlove gives a necessary history lesson on the horrors of slavery.

Rachaell Davis
Jul, 28, 2016

Bill O'Reilly's crude and uninformed comments about the treatment of African-American slaves who built the White House have been met with much criticism. Multitalented entertainer Questlove was among those who spoke out to shame O'Reilly's remarks.

In a lengthy social media post on Instagram, Quest made it clear that slavery was an inhumane, despicable and horrific practice that was in no way beneficial or enjoyable for any of the millions of African-Americans forced or born into it. Although he never mentions the controversial Fox News host by name, Quest's post was in direct contrast to O'Reilly's foolish statement that slaves were "well-fed and had decent lodgings." O'Reilly's comments came in response to Michelle Obama's comment about living in a "house built by slaves" during her powerful DNC speech. 

"Slavery was inhumane. Slavery was sadistic. Slavery was uncomfortable. Slavery was unjust. Slavery was a nightmare," Quest wrote. "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?"

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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The post echoed the sentiments of others in the Black community who were disgusted by O'Reilly's comments, including activist Reagan Gomez-Preston, who also took to social media to discuss the painful history of slavery earlier this week.

 

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