When a woman pretending to be a journalist interviewed a white woman pretending to be black Tuesday night, the only thing real was the outrage viwers vented onto social media afterward.
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry sat down with Rachel Dolezal, the faux black woman who was president of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP, apparently to get an idea of why Dolezal lied to her colleagues and her country about being a Caucasian.
Instead, the majority of the women’s conversation focused on Dolezal’s “hair journey,” that’s literally what Harris-Perry called it.
But it was Harris-Perry’s talk with Chris Hayes after the interview that really set Twitter on fire.
“I didn’t experience from her any malice of any kind,” she told Hayes. “There were moments when I thought, ‘OK, that’s not how I see the world’. But honestly, I have lots of different conversations with many different people when I see the world quite differently than them.”
“What I experienced from her more than anything was a deep sense of familiarity. And I think that, for me, is maybe part of why I’ve approached this story a little differently than some folks.”
She told Hayes that the idea that only a crazy person would want to be black is “disturbing,” and that she believes Dolezal really believes she is black.
“If you’re asking, what did I experience across from her. It’s not that she’s holding one belief about herself while expressing another,” she concluded. “It’s that she legitimately experiences herself as a black woman.”
The Twitterverse legitimately experienced Harris-Perry as a terrible journalist. with one tweeter saying of Harris-Perry, “All skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.”
She’s literally not answering shit and Melissa Harris Perry is buying it. I’m so disappointed. #RachelDolezal
— Mama Forever (@mspeeptoepumps) June 17, 2015
Melissa Harris-Perry. Turn in your card.
— Rebecca Williams (@RebeccaPlfdNJ) June 17, 2015
Melissa Harris-Perry looking real Don Lemony in the light.
— Harlo Stormborn (@HarloHaven) June 17, 2015
I am so so disappointed in Melissa Harris-Perry. No longer my hero. #RachelDolezal
— Jam Rockah (@jam_rockah) June 17, 2015
Just watched the @MHarrisPerry interview #RachelDolezal teaser. In all seriousness, please have her seek psychiatric help. Both of them.
— #MakeDCListen™ (@RickCanton) June 16, 2015
All skinfolk aint kinfolk and today we found out @MHarrisPerry is kinfolk with #RachelDolezal, and neither are ours
— Wild Cougar (@WildCougConfess) June 17, 2015
I feel sadder than I’ve felt in a while. When a famed Black Feminist won’t hold a white woman in blackface accountable … I’m just done.
— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) June 17, 2015
The fact that MHP says she is “approaching” the subject differently because she “relates” to Rachel… Oh so you a fraud too or…
— Wholesome (@JHatesSports) June 17, 2015
I’m pissed @MHarrisPerry is giving this lunatic a platform.
— The Kitchenista (@MissAngelaDavis) June 17, 2015
I really want Melissa or someone to say bluntly “You are lying right now” because Dolezal is still trying to run this con game.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) June 17, 2015
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