Today’s quote comes to us from Joy Ann Reid, a hard-left stalwart and weekend show host on MSNBC .
This, via a series of tweets, is Ms. Reid’s reaction to Kamala Harris dropping out of the race to become Democrats’ 2020 presidential nominee:
“The reality is that no 2020 candidate is perfect, but the extent to which people — including the media but also would-be voters — punished and refused to even consider Kamala Harris for flaws she frankly shared with other candidates, was telling and depressing.”
“And that refusal to even consider Senator Harris, or for that matter Julian Castro or Cory Booker, including out of an understandable distrust in the electorate, frankly, reflects in the polls that influence donors and that helps exclude candidates from the debate stage.”
“Now we face the next debate for America’s diverse party, which thoroughly depends on voters of color for electoral survival, likely having no candidates of color on stage.”
“And the first states to winnow out the field have almost no people of color. And here we are. In 2019.”
Translation: Democrats (remember, this is a Democrat primary process we’re talking about) wouldn’t even consider people of color like Kamala Harris/held her to a higher standard than the White candidates – and the same for Corey Booker and Julian Castro, who still are technically in the race but not going anywhere in the polls.
And what’s more, the first two primary states have almost no people of color (so even if the polls showed them to be competitive, the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries would put them behind anyway).
Bottom line: while not saying it in so many words, Ms. Reid is clearly suggesting that Democrats are the same as Republicans. Racists.
The fact that, months ago, these same Democrat “racists” made Kamala Harris one of her party’s major contenders, and that she lost their support only after they evaluated her performance as a candidate? Evidently, that’s irrelevant. Racism is the reason. Period.
I award Joy Ann Reid Quote Of The Day “honors’, for showing us that, she is one of the people (and there are a lot of them) for whom race is the superseding answer to just about everything, even when there are other obvious answers as well.
And the saddest part? Yes, there really is racism in this country, and Black people really are vulnerable to it every day. But when the Joy Ann Reids of the world use that term as a one-size-fits-all panacea for everything, they cheapen and trivialize this reality. They make people wonder whether actual racist incidents are real, or just another instance of someone tossing out the term indiscriminately.
To whose benefit, Ms. Reid?
UPDATE: In case you think Joy Ann Reid is the only one, here’s Cory Booker’s reaction:
“Today, I’m a little angry, I have to tell you that we started with one of the most diverse fields in our history giving people pride, and it’s a damn shame now that the only African-American woman in this race who’s been speaking to issues that need to be brought up is now no longer in it.”