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MSNBC host Joy Reid brought race into the mix over the war in Ukraine on “The ReidOut” Monday, disingenuously claiming that the media and the world are giving the country special coverage because it is largely white and Christian, not because a free nation is being seized by a ruthless dictator.
“It has triggered one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world due to widespread hunger, disease, and attacks on civilians. Four million Yemenis have been forced to leave their homes,” she explained at the beginning of the segment addressing the plight of Yemenis in the civil-war-torn Arab country.
“Now, what we’re seeing in Ukraine is absolutely the worst humanitarian crisis that Europe has seen in decades, but we haven’t witnessed the same type of solidarity for the Yemenis as we do for the Ukrainians. We don’t see historic sanctions or global campaigns, corporations like Airbnb and Netflix taking a stand,” the MSNBC pundit claimed.
“And this is not to say we shouldn’t care this much for Ukraine – far from it. The point is, we should also care this much for refugees in those facing occupation and war in the Middle East, and Asia and Africa too,” Reid continued.
“The coverage of Ukraine has revealed a pretty radical disparity in how human Ukrainians look and feel to Western media compared to their browner and blacker counterparts, with some reporters using very telling comparisons in their analyses of the war,” she asserted.
Joy Reid is one of the most racist people out there.
Ironic, isn't it https://t.co/fZW8oqMe4N
— Vandelay Industries (@TheRealUncleLeo) March 9, 2022
She went on to play a montage of journalists stating that Ukraine is a “relatively civilized, relatively European” nation while referring to blonde, blue-eyed Europeans.
“Okay, let’s face it, the world is paying attention because this is happening in Europe. If this was happening anywhere else would we see the same outpouring of support and compassion?” Reid asked.
“We don’t need to ask ourselves if the international response would be the same if Russia unleashed their horror on a country that wasn’t white and largely Christian, because Russia has already done it. In Syria,” she noted, referring to Russia’s deployment of soldiers to help squash the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s still-ongoing civil war.
EVERYTHING Joy Reid says is something that would violate social media terms of service for racism, but because she says it against white people for NBC it gets amplified.🤦🏾♀️
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) March 8, 2022
What Reid doesn’t point out is that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the largest land campaign in Europe since World War II. It is unprecedented in modern times. Not to mention the fact that a nuclear-armed power launched an unprovoked attack on a smaller, neighboring country. The circumstances of Ukraine have far more similarities to world war than a Middle East conflict.
She couldn’t be more wrong. War in African counties couldn’t escalate to a nuclear war that could wipe the while world out. That’s the real issue here.
— Four Seasons Total Landscaping (@SourSeasons) March 9, 2022
Yemen also did not seem to be much of a topic for Reid and her network until now. A number of media outlets, including Mediaite, have noted that her timing and point seem somewhat contrived.
“This is a teachable moment for us in the media,” Reid lectured. “We aren’t afraid to call out our industry. There is a lot of soul-searching that we need to do in Western media about why some wars and the lives seem to matter more than others, and why some refugees get a welcome mat while others get the wall.”
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