Whitaker said that he had been the victim of racism: “I’ve had many incidents in my life of racism. I’ve been thrown on the ground. I’ve been frisked. I’ve been arrested so many times I couldn’t tell you. I have no need to talk about it.” Daniels added, “It’s a given. I can’t even get a taxi [in New York]. I send my [white] assistant out to get a taxi because I can’t.” Winfrey then suggested that the “shooting of Trayvon Martin” was a commentary on the value Americans place on black life.