Monday, February 29, 2016


A few days ago, Melissa Harris-Perry blew the lid off her dispute with MSNBC and exposed the racial aspect of it. 

So many black people in the same situation have done what they were told or have gone away quietly so they can get a job elsewhere. There have been dozens if not hundreds of stories like this from black people over the decades. However, usually you don't hear this kind of story from a black person until it is 20 or 30 years in their rear view mirror  

But Harris-Perry stood up and said "NO!" in the  HERE AND NOW. And her letter (in the post) makes it clear she is not about about to be token-ized. I hope you read it and post it everywhere you can.

Today, we're hearing that MSNBC has decided to respond by getting rid of Harris-Perry.

MSNBC has parted ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry after she complained about preemptions of her weekend program and implied that there was a racial aspect to the cable-news network’s treatment, insiders at MSNBC said....

All of the changes carry a potential perception risk that MSNBC — known as the most liberal among the three leading cable-news networks — is diminishing the contributions of its minority personalities, network officials acknowledge. In addition to the issues with Harris-Perry and Diaz-Balart, the network’s new emphasis on news during the day has led to the demotion of two African American hosts: the Rev. Al Sharpton and Joy Reid, both of whom have been moved from daily shows to lower-profile weekend slots. (Reid assumed Harris-Perry’s hosting duties on Saturday.)
~Washington Post

Back in 2007, I noticed that a bunch of black and brown news anchors and info-tainment  people suddenly moving into the spotlight just as it began to look like President Obama was going to win in 2007 and become our first black president.

And now, as our first black president leaves office, people of color are disappearing from the "liberal" MSNBC.  Things that make you go hmmm?

Coincidence?  I don't know. What I do know is this: I'm not here for MSNBC anymore. A lot of black people are deciding they aren't here for MSNBC anymore.


Maybe MSNBC can hire some Trump worshipers to host a couple of shows and get the KKK demographic.

If Bernie wants to pick up the minority vote, I suggest he not try to get it by doing interviews at MSNBC because a lot of folk are saying they are going to start giving MSNBC the FOX treatment -- stop watching it altogether except to keep an eye on what the enemy is doing. 

As black people we can't always put our individual ambitions first. So, I am grateful that Melissa Harris-Perry made an honest exit from MSNBC, that she let us know what was going on as she was leaving so that we can leave with her. Regardless of what comes next, remember that she did not let MSNBC skate. Regardless of what comes next we got to see that what happened to Melissa was part of MSNBC's pattern Regardless of what comes next, I think Melissa has made a sacrifice that going to count for the sisters that comes up behind her.

I'm done with MSNBC. I hope you are too.