Joy Reid confesses to viewers the only reason she got into Harvard was affirmative action policies

The aftershock of the Supreme Court’s seismic ruling on race-based admissions in the nation’s colleges and universities has led to a surprising confession from MSNBC’s Joy Reid who revealed that the ONLY reason that she was able to gain entry into the halls of an elite Ivy League institution of higher learning is because of affirmative action, a statement that may have accidentally proved critics right.

A clip of Reid’s remarks has gone viral with Twitter users shredding “the race lady” after she fessed up to her prissy network colleague Chris Hayes on Thursday’s edition of “All In With Chris Hayes,” admitting that she only got into Harvard University because of the color of her skin.

(Video: MSNBC)

“Let me just be clear, I got into Harvard only because of affirmative action,” she told Hayes. ” I went to a school no one had ever heard of in Denver, Colorado, in a small suburb. I didn’t go to a prestigious high school like Exeter or Andover. I didn’t have college test prep. I just happened to be really nerdy and smart and have really good grades and good SAT scores,” Reid said, explaining that she was “pulled” in by a Harvard recruiter who met with her at a Village Inn restaurant.

“Affirmatively,” exclaimed Hayes.

“This was not the recruiter saying, ‘We’re going to take an unqualified person and put them in Harvard.’ Rather, they were saying, ‘We’re going to take a very qualified person who we would never know existed and put them in Harvard. That’s how I got there,” she added, name-dropping President Joe Biden’s affirmative action pick for the Supreme Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as another example of a black person who benefitted from race-based admissions criteria.

But with it being Joy Reid, there had to be a detour into the racial grievance paranoia that is her stock-in-trade.

“But the minute I arrived from my majority black little town, Montebello, in Denver to Harvard, the first like week or two that I was in class, my presence was questioned by white people,” she said. “I was in this big conference class where some white students stood up and said, those students, the black students, they’re only here because affirmative action. It became a huge argument that we all ended up having.”

“This was freshman year. I never had my academic with entrails question. I never had anyone question whether I was intelligent until I got to Harvard,” she continued. “And it was a defining point of my experience there. It’s why really, it was one of the many reasons I was miserable there my freshman year. You feel completely out of place and people keep telling you you should not be here. And yet, some of the people I went to school with, were far less smart than me or the other black folks there. They got in because their daddy and their granddaddy, I went to school with somebody whose name was on one of the buildings…”

Twitter users reacted to Reid’s accidentally making “the best argument against affirmative action” and confirming suspicions that her success wasn’t attributable to merit.

“I went to school with someone whose name was on one of the buildings, people who are third- and fourth-generation legacies, whose parents pumped money into Harvard to get them in,” Reid wrote in a column for MSNBC. “But that affirmative action is OK with this Supreme Court majority. They said that the people who benefited from slavery — their descendants who are so far ahead of Black folk in terms of opportunity that we’ll never catch up to them (I don’t care how many Oprahs we get) — those people’s affirmative action is A-OK.”

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