On Tuesday Republican Winsome Sears became the first woman and first Black candidate elected to statewide office in Virginia. Sears declared herself the embodiment of the American dream and that her victory had destroyed “all of the narratives about race.”
On Thursday night, Joy Reid said Virginia’s Republican voters shouldn’t get credit for electing a person of color because her opponent is also a person of color. Democrat Hala Ayala is a Latina with African roots and is also part Lebanese.
“What Republicans are now doing is they basically demand credit any time any of them ever voted for anybody Black or if there’s a Black guy on the Supreme Court that’s conservative,” said Reid. “Any Black conservative is supposedly or the Black president having ever been elected, right? The fact that he was elected, period, means there’s no racism.”
Reid went onto say “The two choices voters had in Virginia were a Black woman who shares my daughter’s name and Jamaican heritage, and an Afro-Latina who is part Lebanese. So you had a choice of two Brown/Black people and you picked one of them. Do you get credit? Do you get special credit? It’s like I had ice cream or cake adds two options, but I want credit for lowering my calorie count because I picked ice cream. You had two choices and they were both Black!”
Commentator Michael Eric Dyson agreed with Reid’s assessment. He referred to Sears as “Black mouth” of White supremacy on Thursday in what critics called a “repugnant” segment on MSNBC.
He added, “If you tell Black people, ‘Look, I support a Negro. Look! There is a person of color that I am in favor of,’ and that person of color happens to undermine and undercut and subvert the very principles about which we are concerned, you do yourself no service by pointing to them as an example of your racial progressivism.”
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