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Old Dec 31st, 2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Racist MSNBC host apologizes for mocking Mitt Romney's Black grandchild

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry apologized this morning amid a growing media storm over the way she and her guests made fun of Mitt Romney's adopted grandchild -- who happens to be black.

On her weekend show, the African-American host and her panelists started laughing almost immediately in the segment, in a way that made me cringe.

The object of their derision, cloaked as it was in pointed humor? A Romney family photo, with the grandchild perched on Romney's knee.

Hysterical, huh?

Yes, Harris-Perry kept cooing about how the baby was cute. The real target, for her and the guests, was Mitt.

As in, isn't it funny that this white Mormon with a white family would find among his clan a black baby.

Maybe it was supposed to be okay because the host is African-American. But I think the segment took a horribly wrong turn.

Harris-Perry apologized on Twitter, shortly after a demand by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that she do so for her "disgusting" comments.

"I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices," she wrote.

"As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise.

"Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them."

During the segment, as Harris-Perry showed the Romney family photo, one of the panelists, Pia Glenn, sang: "One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn't the same."

Harris-Perry chimed in that "my goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the marriage between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?"

Then came comedian Dean Obeidallah, chortling that the photo "really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention they find the one black person."

So the baby became a convenient symbol for ripping the GOP, with the added bonus of having Romney as a last name. A pleasant time was had by all.

Forgive me, but isn't adoption a good thing? Is interracial adoption something to be mocked? If the racial aspect had to be addressed, doesn't the adoption show an open-mindedness on the part of the Romney family?

Harris-Perry is not just some cable yakker; she's a Ph.D. and a political science professor at Tulane, fiercely liberal and generally civil. But she is not above making pointed racial arguments.

Earlier this month, for instance, Harris-Perry said of the term ObamaCare: "The word was conceived by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man."

I'm not an MSNBC-basher, and the network deserves credit for hiring a number of African-American hosts, several of them women. But MSNBC has had some big-time tone problems lately, what with Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin getting the boot. This episode isn't in the same category.

But it came off as condescending and insensitive.

The other panelists backpedaled before Harris-Perry weighed in on Tuesday. On Twitter, as Mediaite reports, Obeidallah wrote: "I apologize to the baby if the baby was offended by my joke mocking GOP's lack or (sic) racial diversity."

He offered a more full-throated regrets in a statement to CNN:

"Occasionally my jokes have been known to 'cross the line' and I can assure you that in the future some of my jokes will do that again. My joke on MHP was not intended in any way to mock the Romney family or the baby they adopted. Rather it was a joke about the lack of racial diversity that we see at the Republican National Convention. I apologize to the Romney family and especially the baby if any of them were offended by that joke."

Glenn, for her part, tweeted her defiance: "Yes, I sang the song. There are many children in the pic & only 1 black child. I don't see that as mocking or attacking the baby."

Then she doubled down: "If I point out the 1 black person & you translate that as an attack ON HIM, who's racist? I don't personally see anything wrong with being black."

She eventually realized the tone-deaf nature of her comments:

"Adoptive parents giving a child of ANY ethnicity a loving home,I apologize.I absolutely did not intend to harm you but it seems that I have."

At least she finally got there.


Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and the host of "MediaBuzz" (Sundays 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET). He is the author of five books and is based in Washington.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...d-black-child/
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Old Dec 31st, 2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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Well, from reading the internet, she pissed off mostly Christians. Since they are the same ones who defended Phil Robertson, I'm sure they'll forgive this MSNBC host. That is how it works, right? Right?
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‘Lunatic!’ Melissa Harris-Perry ‘apologizes’ to Romneys (with self-serving hashtag); Do you buy it?




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Perhaps if Ms. Harris-Perry had stopped there, her “apology” would have been more believable. As Twitchy reported, Ms. Harris-Perry and a panel on her MSNBC show repugnantly mocked the Romneys and their adopted grandson. Racism: A total yuk-fest!

Sarah Palin rightly called it despicable and blasted the “yellow journalists” at MSNBC.

Ms. Harris-Perry was feeling the heat, evidently. She took to Twitter to allegedly offer an apology. With custom, self-serving hashtag, natch.


http://twitchy.com/2013/12/31/lunati...do-you-buy-it/

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Well, from reading the internet, she pissed off mostly Christians. Since they are the same ones who defended Phil Robertson, I'm sure they'll forgive this MSNBC host. That is how it works, right? Right?
We shall soon find out...
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Well, from reading the internet, she pissed off mostly Christians. Since they are the same ones who defended Phil Robertson, I'm sure they'll forgive this MSNBC host. That is how it works, right? Right?
Do you mean those who should practice forgiveness for even your enemies 70x7. They would rather cuddle bigots and murderers than accept the apology of who they consider to be a liberal just like what Jesus would do, remember if you're without sin cast the first stone. You have a long wait there!

Anyway, good to see that someone in the Romney family is progressive considering the history of Mormons and blacks. It would be a good step for others to follow especially those who out shutting down plan parenthood clinics. Each of them should have at least one adopted child in their family.

I guess the Republicans are taking baby steps because I remember back in 2000 it was considered a negative because they had a false campaign in the primaries against John McCain stating that he "fathered" a black child referring to his adopted daughter.

BTW, MHP has a white mother therefore I guess like Obama she hates her mother and the white side of her family and therfore a racists according to tea baggers like Glen Beck.
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Earlier this month, for instance, Harris-Perry said of the term ObamaCare: "The word was conceived by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man."
She's correct about that. The term was originally coined as a disparagement of the ACA. It still amazes me that some many liberals ended up using it. On the other hand, I guess they managed to give the term more neutral connotations.
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Do you mean those who should practice forgiveness for even your enemies 70x7. They would rather cuddle bigots and murderers than accept the apology of who they consider to be a liberal just like what Jesus would do, remember if you're without sin cast the first stone. You have a long wait there!

Anyway, good to see that someone in the Romney family is progressive considering the history of Mormons and blacks. It would be a good step for others to follow especially those who out shutting down plan parenthood clinics. Each of them should have at least one adopted child in their family.

I guess the Republicans are taking baby steps because I remember back in 2000 it was considered a negative because they had a false campaign in the primaries against John McCain stating that he "fathered" a black child referring to his adopted daughter.

BTW, MHP has a white mother therefore I guess like Obama she hates her mother and the white side of her family and therfore a racists according to tea baggers like Glen Beck.
Yea, that's why I'm loving how this story is getting the attention it's getting:
1. Melissa Harris Perry is half-white and was raised in a White family.
2. I've never really seen some of the "conservatives" in the media or on this board run to the defense of a Black child. (It's going to be exciting to see/hear how this turns out).
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Yea, that's why I'm loving how this story is getting the attention it's getting:
1. Melissa Harris Perry is half-white and was raised in a White family.
Like Obama and also like Obama: “I’ve never thought of myself as biracial. I’m black.” The American concept of race remains strikingly hilarious.
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Like Obama and also like Obama: “I’ve never thought of myself as biracial. I’m black.” The American concept of race remains strikingly hilarious.
Sooo....this is an issue involving President Obama now? Ok. The interesting issue about this is that MHP's background is more aligned with the people who are feigning outrage than they (you?) realize. I can't wait until a few of them come to the conclusion that "We saw the enemy, and the enemy was us." LOL!

I'm dying to hear some of the people who are pissed off at her defending that Black baby. Just simply reading the language they use would be interesting. You happen to know any sites?
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With all the black children in foster care, the Romneys should be celebrated not ridiculed for adopting a black child. Black children make up over 40% of foster kids, despite blacks being 13% of the population.
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Do you mean those who should practice forgiveness for even your enemies 70x7. They would rather cuddle bigots and murderers than accept the apology of who they consider to be a liberal just like what Jesus would do, remember if you're without sin cast the first stone. You have a long wait there!

Anyway, good to see that someone in the Romney family is progressive considering the history of Mormons and blacks. It would be a good step for others to follow especially those who out shutting down plan parenthood clinics. Each of them should have at least one adopted child in their family.

I guess the Republicans are taking baby steps because I remember back in 2000 it was considered a negative because they had a false campaign in the primaries against John McCain stating that he "fathered" a black child referring to his adopted daughter.

BTW, MHP has a white mother therefore I guess like Obama she hates her mother and the white side of her family and therfore a racists according to tea baggers like Glen Beck.
I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing for this child being raised by a white Mormon family. A black friend of mine is married to a white Mormon and they have a child. She told me that even though he loves his child based on the Mormon teachings this child is not on the same level as whites based on some historical bullshit that I can't remember. I won't go into details but my question to her was why was she still with a man that feels as though his son is less than white people. She said that she did leave him once but her son missed him so much that she went back. The saddest part is that her son has noticed that the family treats him differently and has questioned why to his mom. Since they moved from Utah perhaps this kid will stand a better chance. Hopefully Mitt's grandson won't have to go though what this child has had to endure so far in his young life.
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She's correct about that. The term was originally coined as a disparagement of the ACA. It still amazes me that some many liberals ended up using it. On the other hand, I guess they managed to give the term more neutral connotations.
That's not the response the OP was expecting.
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