Christopher Rufo, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, appeared via Twitter on an MSNBC show hosted by Joy Reid. However, Reid barely allowed Rufo to engage on the topic of critical race theory — resorting instead to constant interruption and insults, insisting, “it’s my show … so it’s how I want to do it.”
Reid also called Christopher’s tweeted requests for a debate a weirdly aggressive way to get yourself on TV. She also asked him why he deserved to be on her program.
For which Rufo said,
“But I just want to just get to a couple of little factual things,”
Reid then asked,
“Why would I need courage to have you on? Are you, like, an expert in race or racial history? Are you a lawyer? Are you a legal scholar? Is that part of your background?”
Christopher, for the first time, got an opportunity to speak, said,
Yes, I’m a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where I’m running their initiative on critical race theory. And the reason that I reached out on Twitter to you — and I appreciate you having me on — [is that] I enjoy this kind of cross-partisan dialogue.
In the roughly 13-minute interview, Christopher barely got a chance to speak, and when he got a chance, Reid interrupted at least 15 times during four minutes conversation.
After a fiery exchange with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Christopher took to Twitter saying,
"Joy Reid turned the gaslight up to 100 tonight."
"She claimed that critical race theory isn't taught in schools and that intersectionality, critical whiteness studies, ethnic studies, and critical pedagogy have nothing to do with CRT. Let's deconstruct her language games."
Joy Reid turned the gaslight up to 100 tonight.
She claimed that critical race theory isn't taught in schools and that intersectionality, critical whiteness studies, ethnic studies, and critical pedagogy have nothing to do with CRT.
Let's deconstruct her language games.🧵 — Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 24, 2021
Let’s Learn more about Christopher Rufo!
Who is Christopher Rufo?
- Christopher is a senior fellow and director of the initiative on critical race theory at Manhattan Institute.
- He was born on 26th August 1984, making his Virgo. He grew up in Sacramento, United States. His parents are named Nanette Ferguson and Dino Ferguson Rufo. Dino was born to Anna Rufo and Cesidio Rufo, whereas her mother is the daughter of Millard A Ferguson and Mary Ellen.
- Christopher’s parents both served as an attorney, where his father served as an attorney at the Law Office of Dino F. Rufo. His mother attended McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
- Coming back to Rufo, he embraces Italian-American ethnicity.
- He attended Georgetown University and later attended a former Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Political Philosophy and Statesmanship.
- As he now works at the Manhattan Institute, he has contributed to exploring various topics, including homelessness, critical race theory, crime, addiction, and the decline of cities on America’s West Coast.
- Moreover, he is also credited as the founder and director of Battlefront, a public policy research center.
- Previously, he worked as executive director at the Documentary Foundation and worked on TV shows like Outsiders, Fox Business Tonight, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News Primetime.
- Amongst all his work, Christopher is popularly known for his movement toward activism with the Anti-Critical race theory.
- Furthermore, during his career span, he has made an estimated net worth of $300K.
- He has a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.77 meters) and weighs 65 kgs about his physical features. Moreover, he has strong eyebrows, a v-shaped chin, and deep-set eyes.
- Moving towards his married life, Christopher is a married man and is married to Suphatra Paravichai. The couple tied their wedding knot on 8th July 2016 at a Seattle City Hall.
- His wife Suphatra, born on 1st October 1984, hails from Korat, Thailand, and later moved to Seattle, Washington. For education, she has a degree in English language and Literature from the University of New Hampshire. Ten years later, she earned her master’s degree in Communications from Johns Hopkins University. As per her career, she worked from 2006 to 2010 in news production and underwriting at NPR and PBS stations, as a communications specialist for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, as a product marketing manager at Microsoft company.
- Moving back to the couple, Christopher and Suphatra are parents of two boys, Milo and Matteo (born on 17th March 2018).