After MSNBC host Thomas Roberts called for his network to adopt an “I am other” agenda because of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, he reaffirmed his stance on July 15. In a reaction to Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, being found not guilty, Roberts appealed to all Americans, saying “if you’re an other, be worried.”
“I’ve been getting this from family, loved ones, all the people in my life and through social media, and I’ll say it, honestly, there’s a lot of white shame today. And while we look at lady justice and she’s supposed to be blind, it’s like, what are we saying about the life of this kid being disposable?” Roberts said in an interview with MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.
“And there’s this ‘otherness’ factor going on. He was an ‘other,’ and he was suspicious, and he’s walking while black, and he’s an other. And meanwhile, if you’re an other out there, be worried. And this means not just black. If you’re LGBT, if you’re Hispanic, if you’re different, it’s an otherness factor. And there’s a privilege that goes into a certain mindset in this country, and if you’re different, then you’re bad.”
Yesterday, Roberts talked with various MSNBC speakers, many of whom agreed with his point of view.
“We need an ‘I am Other’ agenda,” Roberts said on Monday on MSNBC. “[If you’re LGBT], you’re suspected of being a pedophile and a rabid disease carrier. And if you are a woman, well you don’t have a right to your own body and your own reproductive health, because if you do you’re a slut that wants to sleep around and use abortion as birth control. And then, if you’re Hispanic, you want to lay off the land and have anchor babies. We treat others with such disdain it’s not even funny.”