Jason Johnson, a Morgan State University journalism professor, faces scrutiny for his controversial remarks during an appearance Friday on SiriusXM’s The Karen Hunter Show.
Johnson, also an MSNBC contributor, called some of Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign staffers as an “island of misfit black girls,” according to Newsweek. The comment provoked a gasp from a person in the studio, the report says.
The social media backlash was swift, with many of Sanders’ supporters demanding the network sever ties with the professor for the misogynoir statement.
Johnson also accused Sanders’ supporters of being closed-minded from opinions from Black and Latino figures, though polls showing Sanders has the most support from people of color in Nevada and other primary states.
“I do find it fascinating that the racist, liberal white seem to love them some Bernie Sanders,” Johnson said. “And always have a problem with any person of color who doesn’t want to follow the orthodox of their lord and savior Bernie Sanders.”
Johnson is also the Politics Editor for The Root where he writes for the “Black Power Rankings” political columns.
According to Newsweek, “Johnson did not respond to Newsweek’s requests for additional comment Saturday morning.”
Benjamin P. Dixon took a shot at Johnson during his appearance on MSNBC.
“There is a large coalition of people who believe in what he’s trying to do for the working class because there a lot of Black people who are working-class,” Dixon said. “And not just ‘misfits’ according to Dr. Jason Johnson of your network.”
Many people took to Twitter to share their thoughts with the hashtag #FireJasonJohnson, which became a trending topic.
Black people have just been the most disappointing this February. I truly cannot believe there are Black people who support what @DrJasonJohnson said, simply because it came with a side of Bernie criticism. Malcolm X would be fucking spitting. #FireJasonJohnson
— The Blacker The Bernie Bro, The Sweeter The Juice (@yourvokalnews) February 22, 2020
#FireJasonJohnson is only trending because he told the truth about "Bigot Bernie and the Nutrasweet Negresses."
He ain't told one lie here. pic.twitter.com/ZkebLLACS8
— ⚖️Liz Warren Committed A Murder on 2/19/20 ⚖️ (@KHiveQueenB) February 22, 2020
“Racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders.
He cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit Black girls you throw out there to defend you.”@DrJasonJohnson on Bernie’s staff & supporters. MSNBC should sever ties. pic.twitter.com/abxZKsFhaA
— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) February 21, 2020
Jason Johnson has the nerve to say he cares about intersectionality and then say the leftist women of color who have so often been the vanguard justice in America are #MisfitBlackGirls . MSNBC was already trash but this is too much #FireJasonJohnson https://t.co/3SdFPDvmav
— Nigel J Franklin🌹 (@SagaciousNJ) February 22, 2020
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 22, 2020
Many used the #MisfitBlackGirls hashtag to air their grievances and stand firm in their political rights in opposition to Johnson’s comments.
Leslie Mac, said, “Personal attacks on Black Women in politics are never okay,” and proudly proclaimed she’s a “Misfit Island Black Girl.”
My personal politic requires me to say something when I know it’s wrong. Even when I know I’ll never be afforded the same courtesy.
— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) February 21, 2020
When they call us misfits & point out our color.
When they call grown women girls & make it public.
We hold our heads high & set our eyes to the sky.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) February 22, 2020
— blackness everdeen 🐺 (@traceyecorder) February 21, 2020
.@briebriejoy is a light unto the world and a true professional.
I have 3 daughters. I hope they never deal with a Jason Johnson type: an insecure man who tramples on women who dare to think for themselves.
— Joel Rubin (@JoelMartinRubin) February 22, 2020
— GlamourNerd (@Glamour_Nerd) February 22, 2020
— Dawidi (@DawidisK) February 22, 2020
On the Island of #misfitblackgirls we will have:
🔘 Free Healthcare
🔘 Universal Pre-k & Childcare
🔘 Livable Wages
🔘 Clean, renewable energy
🔘 Debt-Free College
🔘 Housing for Everyone
🔘 Racial Justice
🔘 Fair Elections
Things we don’t allow:
❌ Jason Johnson
— Dr. Victoria Dooley (@DrDooleyMD) February 22, 2020