Debra Messing coming for Nina Turner should be a concern for those who claim to care about how Black women are treated in the public sphere. Debra Messing (or whoever is running her Twitter) is just messy and clearly ignorant. Whether you agree with or like Nina Turner (or anyone else for that matter) to start from a place of loud ignorance that is both demeaning and belittling is racist. Plain and simple.
What is your problem? Don’t ever think you can come for me. Watch the clip. The premise of @jaketapper question to me was about civil liberties in a global context not just the current situation with Cohen/Trump. Moreover, you don’t tell me what to say or think. @CNNSotu
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) April 16, 2018
Right now all over the country, we are demanding that Black women be supported and lifted up, and that extends to women like Nina Turner. Nina does not need to fall in line and smile and bow for the likes of Debra Messing. Debra Messing is clearly having a Miss Millie moment and needs a gut check quick.
Like Tom Watson before her, Debra Messing aka Miss Debbie has a problem with independent Black thinkers speaking their minds and raising their voices. To her credit, Nina Turner has graciously endured these tirades and the attempts to undermine her since turning away from the Clinton camp ahead of the 2016 primary. Nina has become a mainstay in progressive spaces and has built a following based on the strength of her own voice and platform.
Providing nuanced critique to questions and hypotheticals posed in the course of conversation is not to be misconstrued and distorted by the likes of Miss Debbie. Her lack of understanding of the value of good political conversation is part and parcel of the problem with the Democratic Party.
Part of the losses felt the last several years culminating in 2016 is directly related to an inability to connect with real-world implications of issues and fixating on one singular person or instance. “Bush bad!” didn’t work and unfortunately, neither will “Trump bad!”.
Miss Debbie should pontificate less on Twitter and just uplift good people doing the work across the country. She will do far better producing direct support for voter contact efforts than harassing independent black leaders like Nina on social media.
Quite honestly it doesn’t matter what platform we are on if the message and messenger are not deemed acceptable by elites. Miss Debbie is part of a deeper problem in Democratic spaces, one that will not be resolved overnight. As Freeborn Black people we will continue to raise our voices in the manner we see fit and in the forums which we deem receptive to our presence.
Nina doesn’t need us to stand up for her as she can handle it herself. Standing up for Nina is standing up for those of us who provide commentary and dare to speak in defiance of the status quo. Everything about Nina Turner demands respect and nothing else. Miss Debbie needs to step back and have several seats because she’s dead ass wrong on this one.
Sis Ebony Janice Peace says it all.