Skip to comments.Smartest Nerd in the Room: Why Melissa Harris-Perry is America's foremost public intellectual...
Posted on 01/06/2014 9:37:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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. 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....
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This creep really needs to put down that crack-pipe.
Is this the classy commentator who wears feminine hygiene products on her face? That’s what passes for “intellectual”...MSM is in full coverup
Now I WILL CANCEL my Atlantic subscription, as I’ve oft thought to do until dissuaded by an unexpectedly good issue.
I’ll bet the writer has a bloated ego.
Damn, I totally missed the watermelon jokes again!
Dear Mr Coates,
Give it up. She’s never going to blow you. Move on.
I thought this would be satire... I was wrong.
Of course she’s an intellectual. Aren’t all liberals?
And those who are conservatives are simple knuckle draggers.
Melissa Harris-Perry is NOT the foremost public intellectual of America; likewise Susan Sontag was NOT the greatest intellectual of her time (or the 20th century or whatever the Stupid NY Times said years ago).
On Sunday, Mitt Romney accepted Harris-Perry’s “heartfelt” apology, noting, “I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself.” ____________________________________________
did he ever apologize ???
Maybe it's not his ego that is bloated for her.
I don't know, the word I associate with liberals is ineffectual. I thought the headline was a typo.
On Sunday, Mitt Romney accepted Harris-Perry’s “heartfelt” apology, noting, “I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself.”
I guess Willard thinks these are just “mistakes”
Like his lifelong pushing of abortion..
or his being responsible for same-sex marriage in MASS the first in the nation..
or his RomneyCare
or maybe the two times he dodged the draft...
or his push for AMNESTY
or his push for global warming..
or his gun grabbing..
It’s dumbfounding how such a mutual masturbatory fantasy could actually be typed up and submitted to an editor with a straight face.
The Losers at The Atlantic have closed comments, doing what the left loves to do: Shut down dissenting discussion, Effem.
He IS an editor, which explains much, no?
Didn’t catch that. Mystery solved.
Your post says it all. What makes this funier is that the writer is serious.
hang on, this wasn’t satire?
I know, if she’s what defines “intellectual” among the left, the idiots must need to have respiration machines attached to themselves...
She is a professor of something, somewhere, about something - maybe feminine studies, transgender studies, etc.
What a fake!
So is Coates.
Both represent what is wrong with both academia and journalism today. Racist toadies and commentators on useless racist garbage. So old school. So sad.
Is this some sort of response to Phil's discussion of what he'd seen growing up with blacks?
Seems a little hyperbolic. AFAIK Phil never said blacks weren't oppressed, only that as a child he'd not seen it. Kind of the way Bill Clinton saw black churches burning on every corner when he was growing up.
Well, she MUST be an intellectual. She’s a professor.
Just because you sit in a room, making stuff up, and spewing out whatever enters your pea-brain, does not make you an ‘intellectual’.
Monkey jokes? I've missed monkey jokes?
lol, someone had to say it.
When did waffles become racist?
Now that is the joke.
Monkey jokes abounded about GW Bush, a lot more than any about Obama.
Romney went on TV Sunday to exonerate this vile leftist/racist "news" show host.
Why was he so easy on her?
Because she is a Mormon.
Mormons cannot say anything bad about fellow Mormons and in fact must lie to protect them if necessary.
This woman hasn't changed, she still resents that anyone white would want a child of any color or race, especially black like her. Or 1/2 black like Obama probably. What a vile creature, I have watched her show before.
Oh and the LDS has not changed their writings OR beliefs that blacks are inferior.