The other day on MSNBC, they showed a picture of Mitt Romney’s family, in order to make fun of the fact that he has a black grandchild. Here is the video:
Today, the host Melissa Harris-Perry offered this “apology”:
On Sunday’s program, we showed a photo of Governor Romney holding his adopted grandson, who is African-American.
The intent of featuring the photo was to celebrate it— I often speak to the issue of the increasingly diverse American family.
Whatever the intent, the segment proceeded in an unexpected way that was offensive. Without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family and to all families built on loving transracial adoptions.
We would accept this so-called apology, and the explanation offered by Alan Colmes in Liberaland, that they were mocking Republicans, and not Romney, his family, or his grandchild, if it were not for one salient fact: this photo was shown in large part to hold Romney and his family up as racists, oddly because they have a black grandchild, and this was precisely how the panel handled it. Indeed, as we have discovered since 2008, any action that a conservative or Republican takes is always an example of racism, along with any policy proposal or any reasoned critique of the liberal fantasy-land the MSM lives in. And this is true of conservatives or Republicans of color as well–they have not been immune from charges that they hate their own race. Indeed, sometimes they have suffered the harshest vitriol of all, simply because they have left the liberal plantation.
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If any argument that a conservative or Republican makes against liberalism is always racist merely because of the fact of Obama’s skin color, then the fact of Romney’s grandchild (along with Phil Robertson’s grandchild) means that any attack a liberal might make against conservatives or Republicans is racist as well. They hate Romney and feel free to mock him because of the color of his grandson’s skin. Objectively, they are racists and hate black people. Their own racial identity does not change this fact.
And unless they agree to stop the race baiting and slander, they will be reminded of this every time they speak of conservatives or Republicans.