Is Joy Reid racist? MSNBC host says 'people on the right' would trade their tax cuts to openly use racial slurs

While many seemed to agree with Reid, there were also those on the right who did not. 'Dangerous and reckless rants like these from Joy Reid occur nightly on MSNBC and they should be ashamed,' Dinesh D’Souza tweeted


                            Is Joy Reid racist? MSNBC host says 'people on the right' would trade their tax cuts to openly use racial slurs
Joy Reid speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Getty Images)

MSNBC host Joy Reid is facing criticism again. On Wednesday, March 3, Reid tweeted: “I’ll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-word like in ‘the good old days.’ To them, not being able to be openly racist and discriminatory without consequence is oppression. Trump is the avatar for this ‘freedom’.”



 

The latest uproar started when former op-ed staff editor at the New York Times, Bari Weiss, shared an article she had written about self-censorship. In the piece, Weiss argued: “My liberal friends who live in red America confess to avoiding discussions of masks, Dominion, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, the 2020 election and Donald Trump, to name just a few. When those who disagree with the surrounding majority speak their mind, they suffer the consequences.”

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Following this, political scientist, commentator, and writer Jason Johnson criticized Weiss and said, “Yes, because code-switching, mask-wearing and all of the other hoops that black people have to go through to appease enough of the majority to even GET into law school isn't the issue. But censoring yourself from saying the N word amongst friends is.”



 

While many seemed to agree with Reid, there were also those on the right who did not. “Dangerous and reckless rants like these from Joy Reid occur nightly on MSNBC and they should be ashamed,” Indian-American far-right provocateur Dinesh D’Souza tweeted. Ryan Girdusky, the author of ‘They’re Not Listening: How The Elites Created the National Populist Revolution’, said on Twitter: “Joy Reid published an anti-gay blog and when she was caught, rather than taking ownership, said her computer was hacked. That’s the type of person she is.”

The author was referring to a 2007 blog post, where Reid reportedly attacked TV host Rosie O'Donnell using fat-shaming and misogynistic speech while defending the then-future President of the United States, Donald Trump. Reid later claimed that her account was hacked, but only after controversial images from her blog were tweeted out, many of which were outright homophobic.



 

 



 

One of the posts echoed a defense for Tim Hardaway's accused homophobia. The post read: "Keeping it real … most straight men feel exactly the same way and would have the exact same reaction to the idea of stripping naked in a sweaty locker room in close quarters with a gay teammate. Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing."

Reid’s tweet about the N-word arrived alongside her criticizing the Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi for repealing mask mandates on her show. "There is a term called 'necropolitics,' which is essentially the politics of who gets to live and who gets to die, and these states, what they have in common is that they have structures which say that Black and Brown lives matter less," Reid said.

"And so all that matters is that Black and Brown people get their behinds into the factory and make me my streaks, make me my stuff, get there and do my nails, work, get back to work now and do the things that I, the comfortable affluent person, need. Isn’t that what we're seeing in states like Texas?" she continued.