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melissa harris perry

Over the weekend, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry weighed in on the Affordable Care Act by saying that the term “Obamacare” was actually meant to be a “derogatory term,” conceived by “wealthy white men,” to put themselves above a black man and to diminish his accomplishments:

I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history—a word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean.

The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man; to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments.

Harris-Perry said that Obama only embraced the term Obamacare because he realized that he would always be linked to this disparaging word by his opponents and a large segment of the American electorate, so he decided “if you can’t beat them, you gotta join them.”

And embrace the word he did. Since 2010, he has used the term dozens of times, only reverting back to the official name, the Affordable Care Act, after the botched website rollout in October.

Liberals have been playing the race card for the last five years as a way to deflect legitimate criticism of Obama by his opponents, but this accusation by Harris-Perry really takes the cake.

If she really believes that terms like “Obamacare” are derogatory and conceived by wealthy white men, then she must feel the same about the terms “Romneycare” and “Reaganomics” as well.

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  • OnTheWrite

    The best why to handle the progressive MSNBC acolytes is to just ignore them. Had you not mentioned it I wouldn’t have know of just another example of schlock propaganda cable TV.

  • Thomas Domenz

    Melissa, are you playing a race card in the game of racism? Forget all the racist mentality and judge men by their accomplishments and character. So far this man has lied, deceived, and run rough shod over the people in the country he’s supposed to lead. Why do you call him black when he has a white mother? Why don’t we call him white?

  • 12wlw12

    If Ms. Perry is correct, she proves her worship really is ignorant/stupid. He, himself, embraced the word and used it quite often… constantly every time he referred to the ACAct…. that is, until the public learned the truth about it. And now, suddenly, it has become the “Affordable (haha) Care(haha) Act. … and he had nothing to do with any part of it….Right?

  • Gringo_Cracker

    Harris-Perry is correct about ObamaCare being used in a derogatory manner sensu the Obamessiah, but that is wholly unrelated to race. Referring to her as a “journalist” or “intellectual” could easily be intended as derogatory, as well, but because she’s a moron, not because she’s (marginally) black.

  • Kellyjean

    She sounds as though she’s talking to 2nd graders, telling them a fairy tail.

  • bruce101

    she is an affirmative action knee grow who hates whitey just like president bongo and they deal in emotions,not facts.these commies hate American freedoms and would turn us into cuba or detroit if they can.



    SHE is a 2nd grader, talking about the first president who’s almost as mature as a 2nd grader, who speaks almost as well as a 2nd grader, who appeals to an audience almost as sophisticated and knowledgeable as an average 2nd grader.
    Not intending to denigrate 2nd graders, but they are about 8 years old and therefore immature and not very knowledgeable.
    MSNBC has found its true level.

    And it IS a fairy tale. Known in professional circles as LTD, Liberal Thought Disorder.

    BTW, haven’t most 2nd graders heard the story of the boy who cried wolf/racism?

  • The Major

    To Bruce 101,,,How BLACK is she??? I have an Ex ,,who is Russian & Polish & is darker than Harris,,but is called WHITE ,,because of her ancestors,,go figure,,,& this B*tch Harris ,,who is whiter than than most calls herself BLACK???. I guess she is going by the “One Drop Rule”
    Isn’t this the same Racist PIG who ranted on You Tube that YOUR children are NOT yours,,,,they belong to the Community,,,therefore YOUR children are part of “The Collective”,,,which proves she is an Obamanista Communist TOO.