MSNBC’s Johnson: Republicans Like Seeing Black Americans Murdered

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On Wednesday’s Deadline: White House show, MSNBC political analyst Jason Johnson presented his latest venom toward Republicans as he declared that “lots of people” are “perfectly happy with black people being murdered on a regular basis.”

His comments came during a discussion of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) attempting to keep schools from advocating the liberal worldview on race issues in its curriculum. Johnson went on to slam America as a “violent avatar” for black Americans.

Setting up Johnson’s analysis, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace tied the debate over teaching about race issues with the recent police-involved death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis:

And the ability to feel that and to understand that and want to be part of making sure that that doesn’t happen to anybody’s son ever again, seems like the only way out, right? And it seems like we’re at that moment, and I think polls suggest most people share that as a goal. At that moment, the narrowing of what we teach seems like the absolute opposite of what we should be reaching for as a country. Why?

The MSNBC analyst — known for making over the top comments about race issues — was quick to accuse Republicans of liking it when black Americans were killed, and went so far as to name Governor DeSantis and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (who is himself black):

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Well, that’s if everybody in the country wants that, Nicolle. There are lots of people that are perfectly happy with Black people being murdered on a regular basis. Let’s be honest, like, they’re happy to see Black people be killed, and — or, at bare minimum, I think the most charitable interpretation is, Black people being killed, to them — to politicians like Ron DeSantis, politicians like Cameron in Kentucky. Black people being killed is just the cost of doing American business. So they don’t care about not teaching people about that.

He then claimed that concerns by conservatives about teaching race issues was about protecting “bigoted adults” as he continued:

They don’t care about teaching the actual history if this country. And they don’t care if students develop empathy for each other because, Nicolle, here’s the thing: This is not about protecting kids. It’s about protecting bigoted adults.

He went on to suggest that parents don’t want to talk with their children about their own racist behavior when their children come home asking them questions. Johnson soon proclaimed that the U.S. was a “violent avatar” for blacks, and that those who oppose teaching the liberal worldview on race in schools were not “decent human beings” as he concluded:

So, Nicolle, while you and I and most decent human beings on the planet want us to be coming together and recognize the universality of fears of death and violence and everything else, that there are people that like America as the violent avatar that it is for Black bodies, and they want nothing to change that, and they definitely don’t want to start it in the classroom.

Johnson has a long history of throwing around inflammatory comments against conservatives on the liberal news network. Just recently, he accused the Republican party of being a “dime store front for a terrorist organization.”

Wednesday’s incendiary presentation was sponsored in part by Progressive and ClearChoice. Their contact information ls linked.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
February 1, 2023
5:51 p.m. Eastern

NICOLLE WALLACE: At a moment when I think what Tyre Nichols’s family was asking us to do today is to not wall off our humanity, and Charles Blow admonished me about overdoing the universality, but I’m going to try to do this carefully. There is a universality in being terrified for your child. There is a specific terror if your child is a Black — young Black man.

And the ability to feel that and to understand that and want to be part of making sure that that doesn’t happen to anybody’s son ever again, seems like the only way out, right? And it seems like we’re at that moment, and I think polls suggest most people share that as a goal. At that moment, the narrowing of what we teach seems like the absolute opposite of what we should be reaching for as a country. Why?

JASON JOHNSON, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, that’s if everybody in the country wants that, Nicolle. There are lots of people that are perfectly happy with Black people being murdered on a regular basis. Let’s be honest, like, they’re happy to see Black people be killed, and — or, at bare minimum, I think the most charitable interpretation is, Black people being killed, to them — to politicians like Ron DeSantis, politicians like Cameron in Kentucky. Black people being killed is just the cost of doing American business. So they don’t care about not teaching people about that. They don’t care about teaching the actual history if this country.

And they don’t care if students develop empathy for each other because, Nicolle, here’s the thing: This is not about protecting kids. It’s about protecting bigoted adults. It’s about the adults who are afraid that their child will come home and say, ‘Mom and Dad, what did you do when X happened? Mom and Dad, I had never learned that my town used to be a Black town that was flooded out by the state government. Mom and Dad, do you treat our neighbors the way I read about in my books?” That’s what they’re worried about. They’re worried about the next generation actually learning the truth of this story.

They’re worried about like that case in Ohio that NPR covered about a third-grader figuring out that The Sneetches is actually an allegory for racism and the parents didn’t want the kids to understand a Dr. Seuss story. That’s what this is about. So, Nicolle, while you and I and most decent human beings on the planet want us to be coming together and recognize the universality of fears of death and violence and everything else, that there are people that like America as the violent avatar that it is for Black bodies, and they want nothing to change that, and they definitely don’t want to start it in the classroom.

(…)

MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle

January 23, 2023

11:36 p.m. Eastern

JASON JOHNSON, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: It’s one thing to say, “That’s my work wife,” right? And it’s something else when you have Stockholm syndrome. That’s what we have here. This guy has been beat down by the far right in his own party for so long that he’s convinced himself that he’s in love with Marjorie Taylor Greene. Now, look, I make no judgment on who people fall in love with, but if you want to be in love with a terrorist sympathizer, that speaks volumes about whether or not you should be equipped to be potentially third in line to lead this country in case of a tragedy. 

I don’t really care objectively if they’re best friends, if they’re BFFs, if they’re in their top five — I don’t care. What concerns me is any degree to which people who have committed themselves to the violent overthrow of the government are in any way, shape or form normalized by the elected leadership of our government. I don’t care if that’s Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar or hundreds of other Republicans who voted to not verify the 2020 election?

So whether or not McCarthy has a particularly special relationship with Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to the fact that I have been saying for years that you don’t have a political party. You have a dime store front for a terrorist organization. And this is just a public attempt to wash that relationship and pretend that they’re running a party under the guise of this brand new BFF love relationship that they have because McCarthy has no spine and no love for this country.

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