MSNBC Host A Victim Of Hard Work
I cannot figure out why I bothered to dial in MSNBC for a few minutes this week but then I realized it was so I could understand all those things that I am not. I am not a victim, period. However, the industry of victimhood is churning along every day and don’t worry if you are white and God forbid worked for what you have- you are only a person of privilege and deserving of very little praise.
Host Melissa Harris-Perry is one of the most outspoken bigots on the far left fringe network and I’ve heard her vague ramblings about white privilege and the ills of conservatives in America before. But today she set a brand new low- for herself and the once proud news division of the NBC peacock. Alfonso Aguilar was appearing on the program, a Politico columnist and Hispanic who supports Republicans and Paul Ryan. Things were going relatively well until Aguilar hit one of Harris-Perry’s emotional trigger’s when he had the unmitigated nerve to refer to Mr. Ryan as ‘hard working.’
There was physiological change in the host immediately after the, as of yet undetected offense, had been made without accounting for white privilege and the ills of American society as a whole.
She waited as long as she could, nearly trembling she leaned in and couldn’t take it anymore and sternly began correcting Mr. Aguilar for his insensitive remark, “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,” Harris-Perry said. “But I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker.’ (not sort of careful but super careful) 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.” (and she should add a constant reminder that sometime about 8 generations ago some distant relative of hers may have been a slave- and therefore, she is a victim)
“In the context of relative privilege, I just want to point out, that when you talk about work-life balance and being a hard worker, the moms who don’t have health care who are working, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures, people who are sucking off the system.”
At this point Harris-Perry had gone so far off topic in search of some talking point linking Republicans to black slaves that Aguilar was left shaking his head, partially in disbelief it appeared but she was not to be deterred.
“Really, y’all do!” she continued as Aguilar looked on in shock. “That’s really what you do!”
Aguilar, clearly mystified by the tirade (probably because she failed to also link Paul Ryan to the killing of the Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin) or that her bizarre outburst had exactly nothing to do with the context of the discussion, he finally retorted, “No…that is very unfair,” and added “I think we can not generalize about the Republican party.”
We sure they can- they are NBC News. They can demean anyone they want and trust me no one will ever be held accountable for smearing dare I say ‘hard working’ people like Paul Ryan.
Mz. Harris- Perry may also want to re-visit her racist talking points before she assails another unsuspecting guest on MSNBC- afterall Mr. Aguillar’s bio on Politico reads like many Republicans- that are NOT white and come from many varied backgrounds of race religion and culture. It states that he “is the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group that promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement.”
I wonder if he has ever had the nerve to refer to Latinos as hard working? I wonder if he realizes that the only people that can ever be referred to as hard workers were slaves or single moms without insurance.
In the final analysis, Harris-Perry saying that somehow any one group has a single collective identity, interchanging political philosophy with the philosophy of race, is by her own defining parameters, equally racist AND offensive.