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Questlove Hits Back at Bill O'Reilly: 'Slavery Was a Nightmare'

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Questlove speaks onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Kelly Clarkson was one of the first stars to speak out against trolls who tried to downplay Michelle Obama's powerful message about the slaves that built the White House during the First Lady's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. But after some controversial comments from Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly -- in which he claimed that the slaves were "well-fed and had decent lodgings" -- Roots drummer Questlove appears to have gotten the last word on the matter.

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"Slavery was inhumane. Slavery was sadistic. Slavery was uncomfortable. Slavery was unjust," Quest wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday. "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." And while he didn't mention O'Reilly by name, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon bandleader made it very, very clear who he was taking aim at.

The comments came after O'Reilly's reaction to Michelle Obama's eloquent narrative about her family's journey to the White House. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Obama said. "I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

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"I'd like to think most of you have common sense," Questlove continued in his post. "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?" 

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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.

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