In her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes last night, Oprah Winfrey makes poignant remarks on the history of activism, white supremacy and sexual abuse.
Winfrey is the first African American woman to receive the award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the film industry.
The most powerful institutions in the country have been rocked by a plethora of sexual misconduct allegations from high profile women and a few men. Starting with a host of women identifying now disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein, a movement exploded that identified a plethora of high profile men.
From there, a movement signified by the hashtag, #meetoo, started by activist Tarana Burke, led a charge of exposing the years of institutional sexual exploitation. In Winfrey’s speech, she hails the efforts of women who took a stand and men who support their efforts. In her talk, Winfrey memorializes Recy Taylor, a black woman brutally raped by six white men in 1944.
The speech received thunderous applause at Winfrey states that the years of misconduct “is over.”
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