On Sunday while substituting for Joy Reid on AM Joy, MSNBC political analyst Tiffany Cross said that watching all the black speakers at the Republican National Convention made her think she was watching a “modern-day minstrel show.”
Cross began the segment with a clip from the convention showing former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley saying that “America is not a racist country,” followed by snippets of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and former NFL star Herschel Walker, who are both black, speaking at the convention.
“That was not a Saturday Night Live sketch,” Cross said. “If you watched the Republican National Convention last week, you’d almost think that the Republican Party is the one welcoming people of color given the big display of diversity,” noting that the convention featured more than a dozen black speakers.
Cross went on to tell viewers not to be fooled that the party of Trump is suddenly warming to the same people that some of his policies and rhetoric directly harm, ending her monologue by saying that, “I mean, I watched the Republican convention and seeing the slew of black speakers that they had, it really did look like a modern-day minstrel show to me.”
"I watched the Republican convention, and seeing the slew of black speakers that they had, it really did look like A MODERN-DAY MINSTREL SHOW to me."
— Mark Finkelstein (@markfinkelstein) August 30, 2020
Fellow MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson — who was suspended by the network earlier this year after saying that racist liberal whites were supporting Bernie Sanders — also went after the RNC.
“None of what was done at the Republican National Convention was actually for Black people,” Johnson said. “It was for racist white people who were already going to vote for [the GOP] and to give them a sense that they can feel slightly less racist. But let’s be honest, if you’re going to vote for Trump, you didn’t have a problem with bigotry to begin with.”