WORST OF 2021: The GOP Wants to Bring Back Jim Crow Award

December 23rd, 2021 2:44 PM

It was a challenging task but an esteemed panel of NewsBusters editors led by MRC President L.Brent Bozell and MRC’s Vice President for Research and Publications Brent Baker boiled down all the biased outbursts from lefty hack hosts, anchors, reporters and pundits in 2021 and on December 15 announced The Chris Cuomo Memorial Award for Quote of the Year.  

Of course, every year there is too much bias for just one category. So Baker led a panel of NewsBusters editors to break down the Worst of 2021 into seven additional categories (The Damn Those Conservatives Award; The GOP Wants To Bring Back Jim Crow Award; The Joy of Hate Award for Joy Reid Rants; The Praising and Protecting Old Joe Award; The Media Heroes Award; The Craziest Analysis Award and the Celebrity Freak-Outs Award). 

Today we present the WORST OF 2021: The GOP Wants to Bring Back Jim Crow Award. 

Without further ado here is the winner (followed by the top runners-up):  



There’s a “Through-Line of Hate” From Tulsa Massacre to GOP Killers “Today”



“Here we are on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the deadliest attack on black Americans on U.S. soil....And at the same time that we condemn this as obscene, as a reminder of what is wrong, we see in real time today one of the greatest assaults on democracy under way once again targeting minorities. The party of Trump intensifying its efforts to strip people of color of their rights to vote. The boldest attempt since the era of Jim Crow. President Biden drew a through line in Tulsa today….A through-line of hate. A through line means just because there’s not another Tulsa massacre doesn’t mean the efforts are not equally unholy and un-American?”
— Host Chris Cuomo on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, June 1.


The following is a montage of the runners-up and winner:





Jim Crow’s “Comeback” 

“Jim Crow is making a comeback, the fictional black-faced character from minstrel shows who came to symbolize second class citizenship for millions of Americans. Jim Crow is also the name used to describe unequal racial segregation rules that banned black people from eating at white-owned restaurants, staying in white-owned hotels, and fully participating in the election process. Now, as hundreds of new proposals to scale back voter participation in elections make their way through state legislatures, the parallels with the past are inescapable.”
— Reporter Joe Johns on CNN Tonight, March 31.


Racist Republicans “Do Not Believe That Everyone Is Created Equal”

“Not everyone is created equal is the first commandment of white supremacy. Republicans do not believe that everyone is created equal. That is why Republican legislators believe they can restrict black Americans’ right to vote. Because Republicans do not believe that all voters are created equal. Republicans believe that Republican voters are better people than Democratic voters.”
— Host Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, June 1.


“Conservative” Justices “Working” Against “Democracy”

“All six conservative Republican-appointed justices uniting to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona that would disproportionately affect voters of color. And that’s because making it harder for people to vote, particularly people of color and young people, is the thing that the conservative movement is animated right now. It’s what they are radicalizing on….It’s because they and all other parts of the right are working in tandem against America’s multiracial democracy.”
— Host Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In, July 1.