Members Of The Black Community Accuse Holland Reid And Joey Jackson Of Being ‘House Negros’ For HLN
By: Freelance Reporter Joan Ross, Posted June 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm US/Central Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holland Reid is an African American entertainment commentator for the HLN cable network. If you heard her voice, without seeing her, you’d think she was white–given her Caucasian vocal tone and speech cadence.
Under normal circumstances, Holland’s facebook page is placid, and inundated with a plethora of favorable comments. But recently, all hell broke loose when Holland posted a photo of herself posing with HLN commentator Joey Jackson–another white sounding black man, who abandoned his blackness while covering the Trayvon Martin Trial last summer.
In the photo caption, Holland emphatically expressed her desire to do a show with Joey after the two had worked together for the first time on a show earlier that day. Holland continued her kiss-up job by referring to Joey as “incredibly handsome, talented and brilliant.”
That posting by Holland drew an unexpected barrage of criticism from her black facebook friends, who remembered how Joey blatantly sacrificed the interest of black people for the sake of furthering his career during the Trayvon Martin trial.
One particular gentleman by the name of Bishop stood in dissent of Holland by pointing out that Joey is articulate and intelligent, but strikingly compromising in his analogies of the Trayvon Martin trial on HLN. Bishop added by referring to Joey as “just another trained Negro, who sold out to the white establishment.”
Holland went on the defensive by denouncing the term “house negro”,and stating that it was “unacceptable” on her facebook page.
But that didn’t stop the onslaught of attacks.
Bishop further articulated his criticism by saying: “Perhaps the term is somewhat abrasive, but it’s hard to come up with euphemistic terms for a black individual, who lacks the intestinal fortitude to advocate in the best interest of his own people. HLN had no problem featuring George Zimmerman’s racist friend–his name escapes me–who made offensive remarks every chance he got, when defending that murderer. I find it quite reprehensible how a well articulated individual like Joey Jackson could put on blinders and never call it for what it is. Holland, my choice of words are not necessarily “unacceptable.” Perhaps you’re just too close to Joey as a colleague to speak from an independent vanish point like I’m able to do. The plight of our people is far more important than your ostensible photo with Joey.”
Bishop’s comment prompted Holland to defend Joey more emphatically to show her white supporters that she was a good little Negro gatekeeper.
In true sell out fashion, Holland wrote the following: “Considering I posted a PHOTO of Joey and I and not an opinion of his coverage on that case…. I will only The judgement and name calling is again… Uncalled for. It is and will ALWAYS be unacceptable to call someone , whom you’ve NEVER sat down with, a “trained negro.” .