Oprah Winfrey had ‘flashbacks of Emmett Till’ watching Derek Chauvin trial

Watching the Derek Chauvin trial, Oprah Winfrey had "flashbacks of Emmett Till."

Watching the Derek Chauvin trial, Oprah Winfrey had “flashbacks of Emmett Till.”

The 67-year-old talk show host confessed to being moved by the police officer’s conviction in the murder of George Floyd, saying she saw parallels between the case and the lynching of a 14-year-old African American in 1955.

She expressed the following in an upcoming interview with Dr. Oz, which was previewed by the New York Post’s “Page Six” column: “I watched the verdict live — like so many other people around the world.
“I started to tear up and I asked myself, ‘Where is this emotion coming from?’ And I was having … flashbacks of Emmett Till and all the names that we’ve heard protesters speak for.”
The night before the verdict, Winfrey had a dream about Till, who was lynched after a White woman accused him of flirting with her.
In the dream, Winfrey explained that “we were all on a bus together and the bus blew up.”
She added: “And so I wake in that morning like, what does that mean? And does that mean this whole trial is going to blow up…?
“So I went to bed [after the verdict] thinking about Emmett Till and the fact that he never received justice. And this moment was a sacrifice for all of the people who didn’t receive justice.”

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree accidental murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree homicide earlier this month.
In June, the former police officer, whose conduct caused anti-racism demonstrations around the world, will be convicted.
Winfrey’s reaction to the verdict was as follows: “I cried tears of joy as each verdict was read. I’m grateful to the witnesses and their testimonies.”

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