Oprah Winfrey says there is a clear “parallel” between the murders of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955.
“In my mind, same thing,” she said.
Oprah went on to say that people “can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we’ve come.”
Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., following a violent altercation with George Zimmerman in February 2012. Zimmerman, who claims he shot Martin in self-defense, stood trial and was found not guilty on murder and manslaughter charges by a jury. At least two members of the jury have publicly stated there was simply not enough evidence to convict Zimmerman.
In contrast, Till was savagely murdered by a group of white men in 1955 after he was spotted apparently flirting with a white woman.
The men took Till to a barn, beat him viciously and gouged out one of his eyes before shooting him in the head and dumping his body in the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi.
According to Oprah, that is the “same thing.” She is not; however, the first person to make the comparison.