Melissa Harris-Perry Lambastes NABJ for Honoring Diversity Exec Who ‘Fired, Dismissed and Gaslit Black Folk’

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Melissa Harris-Perry’s self-titled program aired on MSNBC for four years. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images for PFLAG National )

Melissa Harris-Perry recently fired off an email to NABJ slamming them for honoring an MSNBC executive after it credited her with championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

In an email obtained by Page Six, Harris-Perry, who was the host of her self-titled weekly show on the network before it ceased to air in favor of election coverage last year, slammed the National Association of Black Journalists for honoring Yvette Miley, NBC News and MSNBC’s senior vice president of talent and diversity.

Miley is set to receive the Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award in August and the colleagues touted her as “a champion of diversity” who “has such a strong commitment to people of color.” The NABJ also said Miley “identified the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement, the impact of the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.”

Yvette Miley has been with MSNBC since 2009. (Yvette Miley LinkedIn)

The last declaration seemed to outrage Harris-Perry, who asked to be removed from the  NABJ listserv.

“You MUST be kidding, right? She is the one who identified Trayvon Martin’s importance?” the journalist wrote. “Where is the part where she systematically fired, dismissed and gaslit Black folk in national media while hiding behind the white boys at MSNBC? Please remove me from the NABJ mailing list.”

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