- Jul 11, 2004
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awful people on that station
Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, told The Daily Caller that Melissa Harris-Perry and MSNBC engage in racial McCarthyism to silence mainstream black voices.
Im an African-American, and Im a liberal, said Meyers, longtime former member of the ACLUs Board of Directors and onetime aide to legendary NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins. I shook when I watched that segment where they were calling out the African-American grandchild of Mitt Romney. I was really appalled.
MSNBC host Harris-Perry apologized Saturday for a segment in which she and her guests mocked the adopted black grandson of Mitt Romney and said that Romney having a black grandchild was indicative of the Republican Party, which finds token black people for photo ops.
Im shocked that [MSNBC president] Phil Griffin is condoning it. Im a little surprised its coming from Melissa Harris-Perry because she ought to know better. They focus entirely on race and calling racism where it doesnt exist, and its time for the liberal community to call them out, Meyers said.
Its ideology. I believe that Melissa Harris-Perry and Michael Eric Dyson and Toure and these folks who are supposed to be the representatives, the so-called voice of the African-American community, are a strident errant voice. It is so ideological and so radical and Im surprised that its becoming mainstreamed on MSNBC. There are responsible African-American voices but you never see them on MSNBC and you barely see them on CNN. (RELATED: CNN slams Melissa Harris-Perry for attack on Romneys black grandchild)
Its fashionable for media commentators to engage in divisive racial rhetoric, Meyers said.
There used to be a reverend on TV in New York, Reverend Ike. And Reverend Ike used to say, you cant lose with the stuff I use. I think the so-called voices of Black America are selling snake oil. They are being lauded and reinforced and put into the mainstream to make it appear that theyre the authentic black voice and theyre not. Why else would they put Al Sharpton on MSNBC? I dont get it. I mean, I do get it, he said with a laugh.
So why do white liberals condone these tactics? According to Meyers: paternalism.
You have liberal whites who are well-meaning and well-intentioned, but its the same liberal whites who in the 60′s tolerated and embraced black nationalism. It was racist then, and its racist now If you have white people saying this about black people, MSNBC would not tolerate this for one minute. The chieftains [of the black community] would call it out. (RELATED: Its official: Melissa Harris-Perry is sorry)
Its a literal blacklist. The whole purpose is to silence you and to marginalize you. People dont want to be called racist, particularly when theyre not racist, he said.Its worse than divisive. Its crying racism where the racism doesnt exist. They just make this stuff up. Everything becomes about race, about calling people racists when they havent said anything racist. Its Orwellian Doublespeak.
Meyers also compared Harris-Perry and other MSNBC commentators to Joseph McCarthy, noting that people who get accused of racism are smeared in the public arena.
Meyers said that he always responds to racial idiocy regardless of the stripe or the color of the person expressing it, but noted that he does not get much criticism for it from the back community.
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Civil rights activist: MSNBC engages in racial McCarthyism | The Daily Caller