(AllHipHop News) The Root’s Questlove certainly took exception to controversial Fox News pundit Bill O’ Reilly’s latest remarks towards slavery, which seemed to minimize the harsh conditions that were enforced upon the enslaved.
The initial comments which sparked the backlash originated on O’ Reilly’s “O’Reilly Factor” Fox News program Tuesday, when the media giant chose to address an excerpt from Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia stating the following:
“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,” the First Lady said.
In an attempt to fact check the First Lady’s statement, O’Reilly then offered some of his thoughts on the conditions that the slaves were subjected to.
“Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor.”
Questlove of The Roots definitely did not take a liking to O’ Reilly’ statements as he shared a post on his Instagram which provided an enlightening backdrop to many of the harsh conditions that slaves were subjected to.
He also addressed O’ Reilly directly for statements that the longtime Hip Hop artist felt were misleading.
“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.”
Check out O’ Reilly’s controversial remarks and Questlove’s full response on Instagram below.
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.