Frontiers in political correctness: 'Hard worker' now insensitive to slaves, working mothers

Using the expression “hard worker” to describe a white person is now an offense against slaves and working mothers who don’t have health care coverage.  And it is somehow the Republicans’ fault, too.  This latest encyclical from Melissa Harris-Perry, high priestess of political correctness, Wake Forest University professor, MSNBC weekend talk show host, and tax delinquent, was delivered from her MSNBC pulpit Saturday.  David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon captured the moment:

The text is worth reading for its sheer incoherence:

ALFONSO AGUILAR: But let’s be fair. If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan. Not only works with the Republicans but Democrats. You know very well that I work on [the] immigration issue, trying to get Republicans to support immigration reform. Paul Ryan is somebody who has supported immigration reform, has worked with somebody like Luis Gutierrez. Luis Gutierrez is very respectful, speaks highly of Paul Ryan. This is somebody who’s trying to govern.

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: Alfonso, I feel you. But 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. 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. So, I feel you that he’s a hard worker. I do. But in the context of relative privilege, and 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–

AGUILAR: I understand that.

HARRIS-PERRY: But, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures. We call them people who are sucking off the system.

AGUILAR: No, no, no, no.

HARRIS-PERRY: No, no. Really, ya’ll do. That is really what you guys do as a party.

AGUILAR: That is very unfair. I think we cannot generalize about the Republican Party.

HARRIS-PERRY: That’s true. Not all Republicans. That is certainly true.

Is Melissa Harris-Perry an undercover conservative plant, working to make progressives look ridiculous?

Probably not, because the incoherence into which she lapses suggests insufficient brainpower to pull off such a ruse for an extended period.  Consider for a moment that this woman has taught at the University of Chicago and Princeton, among other prestigious academic institutions.

How long will it be until “intelligent” enters the list of forbidden, politically incorrect terms?

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