It’s rare when someone on MSNBC says something outlandishly stupid it surprises you (stupid is the norm over at MSNBC), but when it happens, dollars to donuts Melissa Harris-Perry is to blame.
You’re about to get a whole lot of donuts. Diabetics, brace yourselves.
“If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan,” argued conservative guest Alfonso Aguilar. Harris-Perry didn’t disagree but wasn’t a fan of his word choice.
“I just want to pause on one thing, because I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr Ryan is a great choice for this role,” she said. “But I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker.’ Because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like.”
If you’re still here and trying to rationalize Melissa’s statement at all, congratulations! You’re a hard worker.
We’ve often joked about how to SJW’s, everything is seen as racist. Now, we generally reserved the title to silencing voices of political opposition, or trying to prevent the public from hearing opinions they don’t like. But credit where it’s due, Melissa Harris-Perry went the extra mile here and has truly turned the “race” card into a way of life.
Let’s break down what she’s saying here. Keep in mind this is the woman who suggested banning men’s sports to even the playing field for women so yes, this could be an exercise in futility. It seems Perry’s suggesting the term “hard worker” could be seen as offensive to black people, because Melissa Harris-Perry has pictures of “hard-working” cotton-pickers on her wall… or something?
It’s so nonsensical one has to make an inference as to the meaning of her statement. Am I completely off-base in that it seems mayb, Melissa is saying she thinks black people are offended by the term “hard worker”? Or is she saying black people are offended at the idea of “hard work” in general because they were once horrendously treated as slaves? And what the hell does this have to do with Paul Ryan? I’m just not entirely sure of her point here. It seems like we’ve run out of things to consider offensive.
In all honesty, it seems to me like the problem… is the picture on Melissa Harris-Perry’s wall.
Quick, Melissa, go to Ikea and get yourself some bland and boring non-offensive wall art. For reals.