Questlove Blasts Bill O’Reilly Over Slavery Comments
Questlove has fired back at Fox News host Bill O'Reilly for his "slavery" comments following Michelle Obama's triumphant DNC speech Monday night. "I dunno if that man's (never say his name) point is to troll at any cost whatsoever but his entire existence is … five steps backwards for any progress made in humanity," the Roots drummer-producer wrote on Instagram.
During her DNC speech, the First Lady spoke about her family's important place in American history and the racial progress it represents. "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," she said. The next day, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly commented that "slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government," which led to a widespread backlash.
In his Instagram takedown, Questlove wrote about the horrors of slavery and blasted O'Reilly's remarks. "Slavery is the pebble whose ripple in the river still resonates on and on and on and on," he wrote. "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?"
In her widely praised speech, which included a robust endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Obama chronicled her family's journey to the White House – and the hateful rhetoric they've encountered along the way.
"We challenge [our daughters] to ignore those who challenge their father's citizenship or faith," she said. "How we insist that the hateful language from public figures on television does not represent the true nature of this country. How we explain when someone is cruel or act like a bully, you don't stoop to that level. No, our motto is: When they go low, we go high."