Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Crucifixion of Melissa Harris Perry

Right wing fanatics crucified Melissa Harris-Perry. They gave her a cross to bear and a placed a crown of thorns on her head. They paraded her through the streets as the haters threw stones. Now, they are nailing her hands and feet to the cross.

As reported on the Hollywood Reporter, people want her fired. They have called her a racist, an evil scumbag, a real bigot, a yellow journalist and a silly woman.  She has been described as "extraordinarily backward and hateful." The right is trying to break her like the slave master broke Kunta Kente in Roots. While this crucifixion is taking place, MSNBC, the so-called bastion of liberalism, basically abandoned her. She was forced to make a tearful apology on national television. What was Melissa Harris-Perry's crime? Check out the video below.

This is a made up, fake controversy. Harris-Perry did not say or do anything racist. She merely laughed at a simple, harmless joke about Mitt Romney's adopted African American grandson not being like the others. All of the others are white, blood relatives. Obviously, he is not like the others. Her critics conveniently forgot that Melissa Harris-Perry stated the Mitt Romney's son was gorgeous.

She went on to joke about the possibility of Kanye West's daughter marrying Mitt Romney's grandson. There was absolutely nothing racist or offensive about Melissa Harris Perry's light hearted joke.

During the segment, another comedian joked about the photograph representing the lack of diversity within the Republican Party. That comedic analogy was accurate. The Republican Party obviously is not a racially diverse party. According to Gallop Politics, the Republican Party is 89% white, 2% black, 6% Hispanic and 1% Asian.  In the Washington Post, African American Republican Consultant Raynard Jackson described the glaring lack of racial diversity at the 2012 Republican National Convention.  He stated that:
If the most segregated time in the United States is 11 a.m. Sunday mornings, then the most least-diverse time in America is during a period every four years at the end of the summer: the Republican National Convention.

This is the fourth Republican convention that I have attended, and it is by far the least diverse. I now know what America would look like if all blacks and other people of color mysteriously disappeared. Reporters have been calling me, practically begging me to find them some blacks to interview for their various media outlets. Is this really the 21st century? I have not been showered with this much attention since I was a little baby!

But even more alarming than the lack of blacks as convention attendees, delegates or Mitt Romney staff members is the lack of blacks in the pipeline to be future party operatives.
Melissa Harris-Perry's Republican critics are a horde of hypocrites. They do not genuinely care about fighting racism.  When right wing nuts like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter constantly make racist and despicable comments, those hypocritical haters are usually silent. When they are not silent, those phonies are championing the bigots' right to free speech.  Those same fakers defended Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson when he said that black people were happy under Jim Crow. 

Those Republicans claim that they are concerned about the plight of Romney's black grandson. Yet, they support policies that disproportionately and adversely impact black children.  They support ending food assistance, Head Start, Medicaid, Pell Grants, affirmative action and other beneficial policies.

Unlike her unworthy critics, Melissa Harris-Perry regularly addresses, confronts and combats racism and inequality. She is a bi-racial woman who was raised in a Mormon household.  Obviously, she did not intend to ridicule Romney's adopted, African American grandson.

If MSNBC takes any action against her, I will boycott MSNBC and I hope you do too.

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