MSNBC host Joy Reid took to Twitter to express her belief that conservatives have a secret desire to say the N-word and just how much they would give up to say it.
Reid made the comment in response to Dr. Jason Johnson, who was responding to a tweet on an opinion piece saying the United States is becoming a totalitarian society.
According to Reid, white political conservatives, especially those that follow former President Donald Trump, would give up millions in tax cuts if they could be openly racist. Reid also added that the former president is the avatar for this “freedom.”
Conservatives were quick to attack Reid for her words. Leo Terrell, a Black Fox News contributor, said on Twitter that Reid should apologize to every conservative. Political commentator Dinesh D’Souza said on the social media site that “Dangerous and reckless rants like these from Joy Reid occur nightly on MSNBC and they should be ashamed…”
The situation started after former New York Times Editor Bari Weiss promoted a piece she wrote for the Deseret News criticizing the ‘illiberal left’ for becoming a ‘totalitarian society.’ In a tweet highlighting the story, Weiss used a quote from a law school student.
“Self-censorship is the norm, not the exception,” a student at one of the country’s top law schools wrote. “I self-censor even when talking to some of my best friends for fear of word getting around.”
Johnson, an MSNBC contributor and professor at Morgan State University, responded to Weiss’ Tweet with his own outlining all the things Black Americans have to do in the U.S. to make white people feel comfortable.
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 https://t.co/PsKFXl1BUb
— Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) March 4, 2021