MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry holds the degree of Ph.D., which in casual academic parlance stands for “piled higher and deeper.” I leave it to the imaginations of readers unfamiliar with this bit of self-deprecating humor to figure out what “B.S.” and “M.S.” stand for.
Harris-Perry, who created something of a media firestorm with her MSNBC ad urging viewers “to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents,” has now in her own words “doubled down” at her blog. And, man, is she ever piling it on!
When the flood of vitriolic responses to the ad began, my first reaction was relief. I had spent the entire day grading papers and was relieved that since these children were not my responsibility, I could simply mail the students’ papers to their moms and dads to grade! But of course, that is a ridiculous notion.
What is ridiculous is her equating her professional relationship to her students with being their parents and vice versa. A pediatrician has a professional responsibility to treat his child patients, but who would argue that that makes him their parents? Apparently Melissa Harris-Perry would.
The whole post, filled with high-flown rhetoric and self-congratulation, is worth reading if only for comic relief. But in the fourth-from-last paragraph, Harris-Perry (who previously quoted Scripture in a feeble attempt at defending herself), “goes there.” She attempts to smear those on the right who have called her out for her foolish collectivist notions by playing the imperialist card. She writes:
We do live in a nation where slaveholders took the infants from the arms of my foremothers [sic] and sold them for their own profit. We do live in a nation where the government snatched American Indian children from their families and ‘re-educated’ them by forbidding them to speak their language and practice their traditions.
But that is not what I was talking about, and you know it.
Maybe it wasn’t what she was talking about, but then why bring it up now if not in a desperate effort to change the subject and get the spotlight trained elsewhere?
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