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?"
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.
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."