Monday, January 6, 2014

Melissa Harris Perry Apologizes Very Nicely… But There’s Still Reason to Be Concerned

It’s Sunday evening as I write this. I’ve had a beautiful, stress-free day where I went to church to hear an extremely encouraging message, lounged at home with a good book (the latest in Jim  Butcher’s Dresden series… So good!), and got a lot accomplished with personal goals.

So I’m in a good mood, at peace with the world and filled with sisterly love to all mankind.

I’m telling you all this because I want you to understand where I’m coming from when I discuss MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and her on-air apology for last Sunday’s segment, where she set Mitt Romney’s family – particularly his adopted, black grandson – up for ridicule.

She started out her segment by addressing that very issue. Her apology was long, direct and extremely heartfelt as far as I could tell. Towards the end, she even fought off tears.

Conservative site Newsbusters noted, “As apologies go, I’m not sure anyone can do a better job. Harris-Perry is to be commended.

Then it went on… “However, as this is the third high-profile misstep by an MSNBC host in less than two months, it is time for Comcast and NBC to take a serious look at what’s happening at this farce of a so-called ‘cable news network.’

“As Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz asked Friday, ‘[H]as the channel developed a culture in which harsh personal attacks are encouraged, or at least tolerated?’

“As the answer to this question is a resounding ‘Yes,’ it behooves the powers that be at this network to examine exactly what is the culture there that would encourage a child of an interracial family to mock an interracial family all because its patriarch is a Republican.

“Without such an examination, it seems a metaphysical certitude that more MSNBC hosts are going to commit vile on-air transgressions this year.

“Maybe it’s high time Comcast and NBC put a stop to it.”

I’m not going to exactly disagree with Newsbusters, but I am going to expound on its main point. Because this isn’t an MSNBC problem. This is a liberal problem.

Judging by Harris-Perry’s apology, she doesn’t wake up every morning thinking up ways to be a jerk. Yet the liberal mindset made her behave like one anyway for the simple fact that that’s what liberalism does. It’s what it is.

Liberalism pits “us” against “them.” It shoves differences in our faces, whether related to gender, race, party or age. It seeks to strip dignity from anyone who thinks differently until it seems ok to wish people dead in their own vomit or mock family photos depicting different skin colors.

Liberalism is a disease that turns perfectly nice people into cautionary tales of what not to be.

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