Saturday Night Card Game
Yet for unknown reasons, Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic rushed to Perry’s defense not by defending her conduct, but by attacking her critics as racist.
On Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry apologized on air for segment that made light of the Romney clan’s adoption of a young black boy. On Sunday, Mitt Romney accepted Harris-Perry’s “heartfelt” apology, noting, “I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself.” I’ve watched the offending segment several times now. I can see how a white parent who’d adopted a black child (or vice versa) would find the segment flip and offensive. It would not have surprised me if those concerned about adoption, equality, and racism voiced some protest about the segment. Instead what we got was week of invective driven mostly by a conservative movement with less lofty concerns.
“Harris-Perry has been a public laughingstock for some time now,” wrote John Nolte. “P.S. The Duck Dynasty family has an adopted black child. Maybe this is why the media hate them so much.” Nolte was writing for the site named for the man who engineered the “Shirley Sherrod is a racist” hoax. There has never been an apology for that and there won’t be one.
Stop. Right. There. And repeat after me, “The Shirley Sherrod tape was not misleading.” Ya see, I’ve analyzed that Breitbart tape frame by framed anyone who says the tape was misleading or racist doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
That is because the conservative movement does not believe that racism is an actual issue to be grappled with, but sees it instead as a hand grenade to be lobbed into an enemy camp. One week we find Sarah Palin defending a man who thought my father was better off living under state-sponsored terrorism. The next we find her arguing that history’s greatest monster is one Melissa Harris-Perry.
When not attempting to shame their enemies on trumped-up charges of racism, the conservative movement busies itself appealing to actual racists. We are into the sixth year of the era of a black president. In that time the conservative movement has gorged on a steady diet of watermelon jokes, waffle jokes, affirmative-action jokes, monkey jokes, barbecue jokes, terrorist machinations, secret Muslim plots, and dastardly Kenyan conspiracies. Three months ago, the movement reached a new low, waving the flag of slavery in front of the Obama’s home. It is tempting to call this the climax of a long campaign. That would exhibit an unearned optimism at odds with history.
What does any of that have to do with Harris-Perry’s conduct as to Romney’s family, or justify anointing her “America’s foremost public intellectual”?
In fact, whatever her private intellectual life is, her public performances on MSNBC have been a total embarrassment — even to MSNBC. No, Melissa Harris-Perry, “Obamacare” was not conceived by rich white men
Here’s a partial list from Fire Andrea Mitchell blog:
- MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry equates Obamacare with N-word
- NBC nut Melissa Harris-Perry GITMO terrorists are like slaves or something
- Melissa Harris-Perry – Boston Bombers are literally Caucasian VIDEO
- Crazy Melissa Harris-Perry triples down on her ‘All your children are belong to government’ (Video)
- Half white MSNBC hack Melissa Harris-Perry declares Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Represent Blacks (Video)
- NBC-MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry – ‘break through the idea that Kids belong to their parents’ they belong to the ‘community’ (Video)
- BC-MSNBC loony toons Melissa Harris-Perry looses it – has a temper tantrum (Video)
- NBC-MSNBC hack Melissa Harris-Perry who is 39 years old claims her grandmother was a lifelong slave, says God is pretty pitiful (Video)
There are some fights not worth fighting. And defending Perry’s conduct with regard to the Romney family is not one of them. Certainly not by throwing around accusations that her critics are racist.