MSNBC left-wing host Joy Reid has made no bones about her disdain for Virginia Republicans who successfully (and unexpectedly) won all three statewide elections — governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general — and she has repeatedly claimed that the GOP wins were due to — what else? — racism.
One of Tuesday's GOP victors in the Old Dominion was Winsome Sears, a black conservative Republican woman who was elected to be Virginia's next lieutenant governor. Sears did not take kindly to Reid's assertions and challenged Reid to have her on her cable show — “if she's woman enough.”
Apparently Reid is not — at least not so far. But she was more than happy to have known race hustler Michael Eric Dyson on her show Thursday to not only continue to help her perpetuate the claim that Virginia Republicans and conservatives were successful this week only because of white hate but also to attempt to convince viewers with perfectly good eyesight that Sears is not, in fact, truly black.
What's that now?
Reid said on her show Thursday that GOP voters in Virginia should not get credit for electing a person of color in Sears because her Democratic opponent, Hala Ayala, was also a person of color.
Reid did not point out that Sears won the GOP primary over multiple white men last summer.
“What Republicans are now doing is they basically demand credit any time any of them ever voted for anybody black or if there's a black guy on the Supreme Court that's conservative,” Reid said, alluding to Sears and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. “Any black conservative is supposedly — or the black president having ever been elected, right? The fact that he was elected, period — means there's no racism.”
“The two choices voters had in Virginia were a black woman who shares my daughter's name and Jamaican heritage, and an Afro-Latina who is part Lebanese,” Reid added. “So you had a choice of two brown/black people, and you picked one of them. Do you get credit? Do you get special credit?”
“It's like I had ice cream or cake adds two options, but I want credit for lowering my calorie count because I picked ice cream,” she added, giggling. “You had two choices and they were both black!”
Dyson, naturally, agreed whole-hog with Reid's reasoning.
“They want credit for breathing. They want credit for having hair in the morning or getting up and brushing their teeth. ‘Look, I've made an achievement that should be noteworthy,'” Dyson ranted as Reid snickered. “No. You are doing what all political figures what must do: make choices.”
Then he went after Sears and black people like her who are, according to Dyson, essentially just “ventriloquist” dummies who spout “white supremacy.”
“The problem is here they want white supremacy by ventriloquist effect,” he spewed. “There is a black mouth moving but a white idea running on the runway of the tongue of a figure who justifies and legitimates the white supremacist practices. We know that we can internalize in our own minds, in our own subconscious, in our own bodies the very principles that are undoing us.”
This, according to Dyson, is typical white people behavior.
“So to have a black face speaking in behalf of a white supremacist legacy is nothing new,” he said. “And it is to the chagrin of those of us who study race that the white folk on the other side and the right wingers the other side don't understand this is politics 101 and this is pace — not even 101, what's beneath 101? — it's the pre-K of race. You should understand the fact that, if you tell black people, ‘Look, I support a negro. Look! There is a person of color that I am in favor of,' and that person of color happens to undermine and undercut and subvert the very principles about which we are concerned, you do yourself no service by pointing to them as an example of your racial progressivism.”
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