I Used to Like Joy Reid
By Leyland A. King, MS.
April 29, 2018
First came the whispered rumors about statements, supposedly on their way to haunt and destroy Ms. Joy Reid and her professional standing. I swooned among shock, disbelief and grief. I remembered Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and Tamron Hall. I waited for the worst outcome while struggling with the ‘what about when’ and ’ look over there’ , the fast becoming peculiarly American logic. But I liked Ms. Reid
I live in media world, 2018. While aware of that, I also confess that I eat. It’s that common. The media in America is so pervasive that if one chooses to shut them out, they are in fact voluntarily. A willing prisoner who refuses to leave.
People who populate our blue screens soon attach like family and we might become emotionally too close to them. So I used to like Ms. Joy Reid. Why, is professionally beside the point.
Ms. Reid and my family have very deep roots in Guyana, where I was born, and with that fantastic smile of hers, well I long ago surrendered myself to fandom.
On Saturday April 28, 2018, I occupied my usual comfort-place, with my usual breakfast tray, ready as usual to consume AM Joy. What a shocker! Breakfast interrupted. A classic, over the top example of contriteness, personal accountability, due respect and incredible honesty….. and she listened. She listened and shared about how conflicted she was about the way she had been experiencing the world. Her five brilliant LGBTQ guests collectively and uninhibitedly, bared their wounded souls, even as they expressed the hurt Ms. Reid’s words caused them. That particular show deserves a replay.
So here is why I used to like Ms Reid -because, now I absolutely love and respect her. Like has gone to a new level. It’s love, love, love.
That show of April 28, could not have been easy for anybody. Thank you, to all the people who made that possible.