I’m telling you folks, much more “racist this” and “racist that” and my head is going to explode. On MSNBC this morning (where else?), Melissa Harris-Perry actually fretted that Aunt Jemima is still selling pancakes.
I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. Remember when the Washington Bullets were forced to change their name – because “bullet” had a negative connotation – only to then be criticized for becoming the “Wizards” – because a certain organization with the initials “KKK” was fond of calling its leaders by roughly the same moniker?
So, here we are – in 2013 – and not only is Paula Deen being dragged through the mud nonstop (rightly or wrongly) for using the “n-word” 30 years ago, but the left now appears to be in total meltdown over anything and everything it can remotely label “racist.” (See: Tingles.)
Case in point: As reported by Mediaite.com, the host and guests of MSNBC’s Now worked themselves into a lather this morning over the Paula Deen controversy. Not – mind you – because Deen had used the “n-word” 30 years ago. But – because the Deen “scandal” distracts from so many other racist aspects of American life – from the Cleveland Indians’ mascot to the Washington Redskins’ name to Aunt Jemima breakfast products.
Demos vice president Heather McGhee kicked off the festivities:
“I actually have a little problem with the fact that the right is going to use this to say that, you know, ‘here’s another victim of the, sort of, you know, black backlash. Actually, what it does is it sets up that what racism is now is just using the ‘n-word,’ and in fact there is so much more that is racist today in our way that corporations have power in the country to do things like, you know, ALEC and voter ID laws.”
(Wait – I know liberals think voter ID laws are racist, but they also think evil corporations are to blame for them?)
“There is so much more that is structural and unconscious about racism that isn’t just a Southern woman using the ‘n-word’ among her friends.”
As one might imagine, that was all it took for Melissa Harris-Perry to take it up a notch:
“I could understand why she’d be confused given the Aunt Jemima box and given the Popeye’s – like – it’s also to say that there’s a weird way in which she becomes the thing onto which we can cast all of our anxiety. Because then we don’t have to cope with fact that the Cleveland Indians have a sambo Indian as their identity, and that the Washington Redskins are using the language of the redskin, and that Aunt Jemima may have a perm but it’s still selling pancakes and this ‘Southern mystique’ though food.”
(Like I said earlier, you can’t make this stuff up.)
Harris-Perry added that Deen may be “genuinely confused about what constitutes racism” when “we accept so much racism in our food industry.”
Now food is racist. Who knew? Except for Tingles – and Melissa – of course.