Melissa Harris-Perry apologizes for racial segment involving Romney grandson
The Politico reports this morning that MSDNC show host Melissa Harris Perry has apologized for a segment over the weekend in which she and her guest panelists – all so-called “comedians” – used Romney’s adopted black infant grandson to make a “point” about the racial make-up of the GOP:
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized in a series of tweets Tuesday morning for using Mitt Romney’s black adopted grandchild in a comedy segment over the weekend.
“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family,” the apology started. “I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they (are) wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them.”
“As (a) black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family (picture) & never meant to suggest otherwise,” she continued. “I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”
Caleb Howe at The Right Scoop first documented the segment, which you can read about and watch here. Excerpt:
The panelists start laughing the moment the photo is on the screen, because obviously. Then the first response is Pia Glenn off-camera sing-songing “one of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same” and the rest of the panel chuckles along. It’s funny because Romney is white and his grandson isn’t, which is obviouslyhilarious. Because as everyone knows, the races should not mix.
But it’s even better than just hilarious, it also makes you think! Because, as the final comment from the panel tells us, this pic is a microcosm of the GOP. “It sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.” Ah the never tired accusation, borrowed from every single left wing blog and talking head during every gathering of two or more (or fewer) Republicans: He’s not a child adopted by loving parents prepared to provide him with a better life in keeping with the family’s values. Nope. He’s just a token. A punchline, not a person. But it’s funny, because Republicans are racist, see? So it’s all fine!
Twitchy.com documented Harris-Perry’s apologetic tweets here.
It’s a good day when “civility police” leftists get caught in blatant new tone violations and wind up with egg on their faces, credibility damaged. Don’t expect this to be the last time it happens for MSNBC, either.