The Derek Chauvin murder trial was traumatic for many viewers who mourned the senseless killing of George Floyd and were hoping justice was served. However, for Oprah Winfrey those fears and uneasy feelings manifested in flashbacks and haunting dreams of Emmett Till.
In an upcoming interview with Dr. Oz, Winfrey revealed that as she watched the Chauvin verdict her emotions were overwhelming. “I watched the verdict live — like so many other people around the world,” she told Oz. “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.”
Oprah also opened up about a frightening dream she had about the young 14-year-old Mississppi boy who was viciously killed by a white mob after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman in 1955 — “we were all on a bus together and the bus blew up.”
In trying to parse through those emotions the 67-year-old media mogul shared, “And so I wake in that morning like, what does that mean? And does that mean this whole trial is going to blow up…?,” she said. “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.”
On April 20, former cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd. He will be sentenced in June.