One thing you probably didn’t know about the protesters around the country who are clamoring for the economy to open: They’re all racists who aren’t merely indifferent to the deaths of “black and brown people” from COVID-19 but actively root for those deaths. And although it hardly needs to be emphasized because we know who the racists are, these protesters are all Donald Trump supporters.
These claims were bullet points in a panel discussion on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” whose members included in addition to host Joy Reid, Renee Graham, Boston Globe opinion columnist, and noted “wypipologist” Michael Harriot. For those unfamiliar with this field of study, wypipologist is “a humorous slang term for someone, usually a black person, who ‘studies’ wypipo, or ‘white people.’ Wypipo, after all, do some crazy stuff in need of expert explanation.”
Renee Graham: Well, one thing I think is interesting is how these protests have started after all the headlines the last week or so about the disproportionate effect the virus is having on communities of color. When I look at these protests, what I see are a bunch of white people essentially saying, oh, it’s affecting those people, so why do I have to change my life for them? That’s what this is coming down to. In Boston the numbers are the same as they are nationally. One of the hospitals, one of the public hospitals, Boston Medical Center, 82% of the COVID-19 cases are either black or Latino. These numbers are real. I think what you’re seeing in the protesters, who, by the way, are overwhelmingly white, which people aren’t talking about, which is quite noticeable, is they don’t care. This isn’t about — they’re out there waving American flags. They don’t care about America. What they care about is Donald Trump. What Donald Trump has created. They don’t care about the people risking their lives to keep this country moving. They don’t care about empty, dangerous, rebellion. All they want is another battle waged for their lost cause. This isn’t a protest. This is a temper tantrum.
Joy Reid: Michael, I feel like this is in your lane, so I’m going to let you respond to that.
Michael Harriot: See, again, I disagree with the notion we shouldn’t be covering this because I think it is more than just “I don’t care about these black and brown people who are dying.” I think that what they’re saying, quite clearly, when you see the numbers, when you see the statistics, when you see the CDC, “I want more black and brown people to die.” That if you want the government to open up, then you want more black and brown people to die. We see it happening in real time. We see it in Donald Trump’s tweets. We see it in the data. There can be no other outcome if you open up what they call their society or the business or the country. …
Wouldn’t opening up the economy expose all Americans to the same risks — not just minorities? The “experts” don’t bother with that little conundrum. Nor do they concern themselves with counter-examples to their claims. For example, a man at a demonstration in Lansing, Mich. held up a banner with a swastika and the names Trump and Pence. Would the panelists argue with a straight face that this man is a Trump supporter?