As she watched rioters break into the U.S. Capitol last January 6, MSNBC host Joy Reid has revealed her greatest worry was that the mob would vandalize the Black History Museum, because the protests were “deeply rooted in anti-blackness.”
“I can remember every moment of that day, really, and thinking to myself, ‘My God I hope that these marauding masses of MAGA supporters don’t find the Black History Museum and ransack it.’ That was the first thing that struck me as I saw them, you know, heading toward the Capitol and starting to bash their way in,” said Reid on the anniversary of the disturbance. “For some reason that was the thing that stuck in my head.” She also said a picture of a man holding a Confederate flag inside the U.S. Capitol “disgusts me more than any of the other images” of the January 6 riots.
Reid proceeded to racialize the actions of a mostly white mob trying to prevent mostly white legislators from certifying the election of one white, male, septuagenarian in place of another.
Reid noted the riot took place “the same day that Georgia elected the state’s first black senator and first Jewish senator. The attack on our Capitol was also an attack on those victories, an outright refusal of having to accept the will and the votes of black and brown Americans.” In reality, the Georgia runoff elections took place on January 5; state officials certified the results on January 19; and the rioters did not mention the election of Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff (D) as their rationale.
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