In a brief "Today" interview clip aired this week, Oprah Winfrey compared the killing of Trayvon Martin to that of Emmett Till, an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14 after allegedly flirting with a white woman.
According to Oprah, the two cases could be compared because the murder of Emmett Till helped fuel the civil rights movement and the somewhat a similar situation can be witnessed in the form of protests and demonstrations held by Trayvon Martin’s supporters who are against his attacker, Geroge Zimmerman’s acquittal.
This is the first time Oprah Winfrey has publicly commented on the controversial Florida shooting case so it makes the statement all the more important.
“Trayvon Martin, parallel to Emmett Till,” Oprah told Chris Witherspoon. “Let me just tell you, in my mind, same thing. But you can stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we've come.”
“'But you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we've come.”
Oprah made the comments as she promoted her new movie, 'The Butler,' which features an African-American who serves as a butler in the White House through seven presidential administrations.
You can watch her interview clip in the video above.