MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews decided to speak for “all White people” and apologize for racism in the United States and was attacked by White people on Twitter for his efforts.
Matthews was speaking with guests Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman and MSNBC political analyst, and Val Nicholas, vice president and creative director at NBC News.
After listening to the two men exchange war stories on being Black men in America, and drawing comparisons between their experiences and the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a clearly upset Matthews offered a heartfelt apology:
“I’ll just tell you one thing,” the Hardball host told his two guests. “And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who’ve tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”
After #WhiteTwitter became aware of his empathetic reaction, they closed ranks and slammed Matthews for his kindness.
Read the Twitter explosion below:
Only ignorant racists would be upset at Chris Matthews for apologizing to TWO Black men for their individual lived experiences with racism!—
Robert Mitchell III (@RLM_3) July 19, 2013
So Chris Matthews thinks he speaks for all white people, and the GOP is to blame for Detroit? Today is a masterpiece of liberal dementia.—
SΞ4N VΞNKM4N (@MrFoPow) July 18, 2013
Wonder what Chris Matthews thought when Charles Barkley CORRECTLY said, “There are a lot of black people who are racist.”—
Yvette Garcia (@YvetteGarcia19) July 19, 2013