MSNBC’s Joy Reid condemned white Christian voters in Iowa.
“These are white Christians. That this is a state that is overrepresented by white Christians that are going to participate in these caucuses tonight,” she said. “This is a hyper-evangelical white state, she declared.”
She cited data showing that 61 percent of the state’s population is white and Christian – arguing that white evangelicalism is actually Christian nationalism.
“They see themselves as the rightful inheritors of this country, and Trump has promised to give it back to them,” she said. “All the things that we think about, about electability, about what are people gaming out, but none of that matters when you believe that God has given you this country, that it is yours, and that everyone who is not a White, conservative Christian is a fraudulent American, is a less real American. Then you don’t care about electability. You care about what God has given you.”
Setting aside Reid’s blatant anti-white racism, let’s review the facts.
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Iowa was a free state. Slavery was outlawed. And the Hawkeye state actually led the way in promoting civil rights.
Iowa desegregated its public schools in 1868 – more than 150 years ago – when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in Clark v. Board of Directors.
The Iowa Supreme Court held that racial segregation of the public schools was unconstitutional under the Natural Rights/Equality Clause of the Iowa Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
In 1868 Iowa became the first state outside New England to grant African-American men the right to vote.
And consider this item from Iowa PBS: In 1884 the Iowa legislature passed the Iowa Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination in barbershops, theatres, hotels and on public transportation. In 1892 another law was passed that said discrimination was illegal in restaurants.
It’s unfortunate that MSNBC would platform a woman who promotes racism, but it’s downright inexcusable for the network to platform an ignorant racist.