#WeGotJoy: Black Women Take To Twitter To Defend Embattled MSNBC Host Joy Reid

In the wake of renewed scrutiny old Reid blog posts and her previous claim they were the result of hacking, the hashtag #WeGotJoy began trending on Twitter.

One embattled cable news personality is witnessing a mobilized online effort to defend her against calls that she resign or be fired.

Following the kerfuffle over comedian Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets, MSNBC host Joy Reid once again found herself under fire for bigoted and inflammatory posts that appeared on her now-defunct blog The Reid Report. With Reid tapped to host the MSNBC special Everyday Racism in America, Reid’s blog found itself under renewed scrutiny as detractors and reporters began pressuring MSNBC and Reid for answers.

On Friday, both Reid and MSNBC released statements addressing the latest round of resurfaced blog posts. The AM Joy host “sincerely” apologized while explaining that her views have evolved over the years. Meanwhile, the network made it known that they stood by the rising star and #Resistance hero. Observers and critics, however, noted that her statement did not address her previous claim that unearthed blog posts were the results of hacking and fabrication.

In the wake of this controversy flaring up again, black women took to Twitter to defend Reid, noting that she’s the only black woman with a program on MSNBC and an important voice for people of color.

Amplified by influential social activist April Reign, the hashtag #WeGotJoy began trending on Monday. Below is a sampling of some of the tweets using the hashtag.

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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