I watched the recorded version of UP with Chris Hayes which airs live over the weekend. He to his credit usually has at least one or two black folks from the ivory towers to talk about the fodder from the week past.
But this Saturday I began to wonder if they were not more than window dressing. When there is something that relates to black people that’s one thing. But when it comes to economics or something really heavy the black people are made to sit silently. McWhorter did not say more than two short sentences this saturday and the woman Michaela Davis, don’t know what she’s doing there, said even less.
I am starting to notice a pattern with his show. Okay we know Chris is Jewish and he got his start from another Jewish host–Rachel Maddow. But he typically has one or more Jews on his show and peppered with at least one black, which is a good thing.
But don’t let them be seat holders Chris. I expect a little more. Melissa does speak up whenever she is on anybody’s show. Nobody is going to shut her up. I hope she does not take over her show like Joe does and talks over everybody and uses up the majority of air and waves.
No show is perfect but at least don’t let the black knowledgeable folks embarrass themselves with their stupid silence.
- MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Confronts His Daily Mail Alter Ego, ‘GOP Strategist Chris Haynes’ (mediaite.com)
- Melissa Perry-Harris (biracial) lands show debut, title on Feb 18 (heloise8.wordpress.com)
- Up With Chris Hayes Story of the Week: Democracy for Billionaires (crooksandliars.com)