Melissa Harris-Perry would like you to know that your “white privilege” is showing when you say someone is a “hard worker.”
The newly designated offensive term shocked MSNBC’s own Alfonso Aguilar, who was on the show discussing the prospect of Paul Ryan becoming Speaker of the House. Aguilar referred to Ryan’s reputation as a hard worker in Congress, triggering this response from Harris-Perry:
“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,” she said. “But I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker.’ 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.”
“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.”
“Really, y’all do! That’s really what you do!”
Aguilar shook his head and seemed mystified by the outburst that had no relation to the conversation, “No. That is very unfair. I think we can not generalize about the Republican party.”
In the liberal “offended Olympics”, Harris-Perry is a gold medalist.
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This is, of course, the same woman who mocked Mitt Romney’s family for adopting a black child and then defended former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal for pretending to be black to advance her career.