Melissa Harris-Perry Discusses Leaving MSNBC on ‘The View’ [VIDEO]

Melissa Harris-Perry Discusses Leaving MSNBC on ‘The View’ [VIDEO]

Host Joy Behar read off that quote for Harris-Perry. β€œIs the implication that there’s some racism in there?” she asked.

Harris-Perry responded that she was writing in β€œshorthand” for the benefit of her staff and didn’t realize others would see it: β€œI’m an African-American politics scholar. When I say β€˜mammy,’ I mean something very particular. The history of mammy is that mammy is the black woman who cares more about the master’s family than about her own.”

β€œDid I think it was racialized? Not in the sense of they’re coming after Melissa for being black,” she said. β€œDo I think it has racial implications? 100%.”

Harris-Perry noted that she had the most diverse show in cable news in terms of the guest makeup. β€œIt’s just an empirical reality. Taking this show off the air, even if you put me individually back on as a host meant that the folks who sat at our table, whether they were transgender, women of color, Latino Republicans, they just weren’t going to be there anymore…”