Joy Reid hosts a prime time show on MSNBC, whose audience is made up of liberal and progressive people. On March 16, on her show, The ReidOut, Joy Reid declared :
The battle between autocracy and democracy is playing out in real-time as Russia fights for control of a sovereign nation of Ukraine. And while the U.S. and other NATO countries are offering their support to Ukraine, amidst the brutal ongoing war, you also have a lot of prominent Republican leaders arguing that maybe Russia isn’t the bad guy here including two of the leading figures in the party, Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump. Who oppose U.S. support for Ukraine and claim the war is not in our country's vital national interest.
Joy Reid “brands” herself as the child of immigrants from Guyana in South America and from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. As such, her compulsive embrace of “our” country’s “vital national interest” calls to mind the mentality of what Malcolm X described in his parable of the “house Negro” during slavery:
If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, “What’s the matter, boss, we sick?” We sick! He identified himself with his master, more than his master identified with himself.
The bootlicking slavishness of the house slaves Malcolm X was righteously calling out doesn’t come close to the complicity with horrific crimes that Joy Reid’s shilling for the U.S. empire in Ukraine does.
Joy Reid Is a Bootlicker for an Empire of Exploitation and Oppression
Today, the “master’s house” is a global empire of exploitation and oppression. It is an empire of sweatshops and slums; of child laborers and women enslaved in prostitution. It is an empire built on the genocide of the native peoples and the enslavement of kidnapped Africans. It is an empire that is driven to endless wars, wars to crush resistance and revolution (as this country did around the world during the second half of the 1900s, leading to literally millions of deaths). And wars to clash—like a gang or a cartel but a million times worse—with rivals who want to move in on what the rulers of this country insist is their “turf.”
And that is what the war in Ukraine is all about. It is a proxy war between capitalist-imperialist rivals. The global “vital national interests” of the rulers of both sides are on the line. And those “vital national interests” are totally opposed to the interests of humanity.
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Joy Reid shills for the “traditional” way the U.S. has dominated the world since World War 2 (as represented now generally by the Democratic Party): branding the USA as the “leader of the free world” and declaring anyone who gets in its way “authoritarian.” Reid opened her March 16 show by invoking the legacy of Ronald Reagan, a vicious white supremacist. Reagan, then the U.S. president, infamously “joked” on television, “My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." Reagan’s “joke” was part of ratcheting up a game of chicken between what were then the world’s two rival nuclear superpowers—a “game” that could well have led to nuclear war and the destruction of much, if not all, of the human race, although it did not do so at that time.
That is the path Joy Reid wants to lead you down today. Are you willing to follow her?