Mediaite reports that former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry appeared on the inexplicably long-running gabfest The View Monday to discuss her firing, specifically addressing her open letter to her bosses at the network which many saw as an accusation of racism.
Co-host Joy Behar read part of that letter aloud: “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobblehead.”
“Is the implication that there’s some racism in there?” Behar asked Harris-Perry.
Harris-Perry responded that the letter had been written in “shorthand” for the benefit of her staff before part of it was leaked to the press and she felt compelled to release it in full. “I’m an African-American politics scholar," she told Behar and the other hosts. "When I say ‘mammy,’ I mean something very particular. The history of mammy is that mammy is the black woman who cares more about the master’s family than about her own.”
“Did I think it was racialized? Not in the sense of they’re coming after Melissa for being black,” she said. On the other hand,
Do I think it has racial implications? 100%, and here's how I know it: our show had the most diverse guests on cable news, period. It’s just an empirical reality. Taking this show off the air, even if you put me individually back on as a host meant that the folks who sat at our table, whether they were transgender, women of color, whether they were Latino Republicans, they just weren’t going to be there anymore.
So she's suggesting it wasn't about MSNBC being racist for firing a black woman -- it was an assault on the liberal god Diversity itself.
Isn't it delicious when the left eats its own?