I tell ya, liberals will say ANYTHING to defend their “Obamessiah” from criticism, including unwittingly using conservative arguments to try and make their case. As you’ll see below, Harris-Perry – supposedly one of the “respectable” liberal hosts at MSDNC who is “going places” if the left is to be believed – states that you can’t necessarily assume by looking at a person that they represent the views of others who look just like them. Sounds good so far. But then she manages to turn her own argument on its ear by strongly implying (which I’ll highlight in bold) that you can’t just assume by looking at a conservative “minority” that they think like other “minorities” who aren’t conservative. RealClearPolitics provides the transcript:
The optics are one piece of it of it. But, I think we want to be careful, because no one wants to assume that any given physical body carries with it a set of political ideas, so for example, you know, Clarence Thomas sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States does not mean that Justice Thomas is representing, necessarily, the positions, the issues, even the Constitutional interpretation that is shared by the vast majority of civil rights organizations and by the vast majority of African-Americans. Simply putting women in a space, for example, had Congresswoman Bachmann ended up as the president of the United States, she might not have been representative of women’s issues in the broadest sense, because so many women are, in fact on the side of reproductive rights and justice. On the other hand, it also matters to have a diverse cabinet, to have a diverse set of opinions and ideas. My biggest concern is I worry that maybe the president has lessened his diversity, in part because he suspects it will cause less of a battle with the Senate process. But, I bet that it won’t. These Republicans are so determined to stand in the way that it won’t matter whether these are white men or black women. If they’re coming from the president they’re going to get resistance.
Translation: Perry is all about having “a diverse set of opinions and ideas” as long as it doesn’t come from non-liberal “minorities” and other individuals whose thinking doesn’t line up with hers.
If she’d have left the argument at this, it would have been perfect:
I think we want to be careful, because no one wants to assume that any given physical body carries with it a set of political ideas [….]
Which is EXACTLY what conservatives have said going back decades, and was Martin Luther King, Jr’s central argument in a nutshell: Don’t judge people on the surface but instead by the content of their character. How often have strong conservative women preached about how just because NOW is a “women’s organization” it doesn’t mean it represents ALL women, and how many brave black conservatives have rightly pushed back against the assumption/popular myth that race hustlers like Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson “speak for the black community”? Too many times to count. Yet every time these arguments are made, the women are portrayed as “subservient to the patriarchy” by the elite left and black conservatives are called disgusting names like “Uncle Tom” and the like – also by elite leftists who talk a lot about diversity and tolerance in theory but don’t live it in reality, as we’ve seen over and over and over and over again, including from Harris-Perry herself.
Like in this quote, where she would have viewers believe that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann doesn’t believe in “women’s rights” because she opposes abortion aka “reproductive justice”:
….[had] Congresswoman Bachmann ended up as the president of the United States, she might not have been representative of women’s issues in the broadest sense, because so many women are, in fact on the side of reproductive rights and justice.
Unfortunately, Harris-Perry – who is a Tulane professor and also a columnist for the far left “Nation” outfit – had to “go there” with the “token black=Justice Thomas/not an authentic woman=Rep. Bachmann” tripe, which is insulting, demeaning, infantile (not a new argument from her, either), narrow-minded, bigoted and goes against the VERY DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT she claims is necessary to have in a modern and free society. How much do you want to bet that her idea of a “diverse panel” likely would include David Frum, Meghan McCain, and Michael Steele as “representatives” of “the thinking wing of the Republican party”?
This is pseudo-diversity, not the meaningful kind that where people of all kinds of differing viewpoints come together to find common ground and solutions without yelling “tokens!” and “racist/sexist!!!” when they passionately disagree. Harris-Perry and other snide, arrogant leftist group-thinkers like her, should try it sometime. I won’t hold my breath, and nor should you.