Melissa-Harris-Perry  MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry: Using a Phrase Like “Hard Worker” is Racist and Disrespectful to Slaves Melissa Harris PerryMSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry objected to use of the term “hard worker” on a recent show, telling a guest it demeans the experience of slaves. Harris-Perry was interviewing guest Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director of the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership, about Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and his fitness for the role of Speaker of the House. “If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan,” Aguilar said. While Harris-Perry agreed Ryan could make a good House Speaker, she had a problem with Aguilar’s word choice. “[I] want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker,’” she cautioned. “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.”Harris-Perry continued, saying “in the context of relative privilege, 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, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures, people who are sucking off the system. Really, y’all do! That’s really what you do!” Aguilar countered: “This is very unfair. I feel that we cannot generalize about the Republican Party.” Harris-Perry hosts a two-hour show on MSNBC every Saturday and Sunday. The network is undergoing a highly-publicized revamp, centered on disgraced NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams’ move from the anchor chair to a breaking news role at the cable network.

Many on social media also had a hard time with Harris-Perry’s statement.

[3] Erik Wemple, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and her ‘hard work’ history, The Washington Post, October 28 2015
[5] Judah Robinson, CNN’s Mike Rowe Slams Melissa Harris-Perry For ‘Hard Worker’ Comment, The Huffington Post, 11/02/2015 05:56 pm ET
[7] Michelle Malkin, Melissa Harris-Perry Needs a Trip to Hard Work U, National Review, October 30, 2015 12:00 AM
[9] Curtis Houck, Melissa Harris-Perry to Guest: ‘Hard Worker’ Is Offensive Term Due to Slavery, Working Women, News Busters, October 26, 2015 | 6:21 PM EDT
[12] Jessica Chasmar, Melissa Harris-Perry rants about slavery after guest describes Paul Ryan as ‘hard worker’, The Washington Times, Monday, October 26, 2015
[14] Michelle Malkin, My message to Melissa Harris-Perry: Sweat is color-blind,, October 30, 2015 10:14 AM
[15] Melissa Harris-Perry is unclear on what constitutes ‘hard work’, Red State, October 27th, 2015 at 09:33 AM
[20] Mike Rowe Schools MSNBC’s Harris-Perry about ‘Hard Workers’, Louder with Crowder, October 27th, 2015
[21] Chris Allen, Melissa Harris-Perry: Be Careful Using Term “Hard Worker”, The Black Sphere, Oct 28, 2015
[23] Joe Newby, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Saying ‘hard worker’ demeans slaves, poor moms, The Examiner, October 27, 2015 12:01 AM MST


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