Recently on MSNBC, host Melissa Harris-Perry went on a rampage against the idea that business owners take risks or have anything to do with fueling the economy. It’s yet another example of conservative right wing racism to suggest that welfare does not accomplish what a free market economy will. Opposition to welfare can be added to the growing list of subjects that are considered racist by liberals. Recent additions to this list also include the words “angry” and “Chicago,” both courtesy of MSNBC.
The context of Melissa Harris-Perry’s race-baiting monologue was a discussion with the other “experts” on her panel on the subject of welfare and how white conservatives are supportive of government assistance if it’s called “social security,” “public education” or “assistance for the poor”, but at the same time, they’re opposed to “welfare.” She quoted a study that concluded that the reason for this “double standard” is that white people link “welfare” with black people, and whites believe that blacks are “undeserving” of government assistance. She said, “Americans hate welfare because media, at the behest of conservative politicians, have relentlessly linked welfare with black people and have hammered home the idea that welfare recipients are undeserving.”
One of the “experts” commented that welfare through government education and “affordable healthcare” is what enables “class mobility,” the ability of a person to move from a lower class to a higher class. Monica Mehta, the business expert, replied that “class mobility” is not enabled by welfare, but rather by business owners’ “taking risks,” and tried to relate that to Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech before being interrupted by the host. Melissa interjected with an improvised rant that’s sure to win her an Emmy, complete with hand-slaps on the table which really made her performance convincing:
"What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously, what in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it'll be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No! There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won’t, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness! We cannot do that!"
Yes, conservatives are opposed to welfare because many welfare recipients are black, and we think blacks don’t deserve assistance. And how dare anyone claim that business owners, investors or wealthy people “take risks,” and that because of those risks, jobs are created. What nonsense to suggest that welfare creates more poverty by taking away incentive for people to work. Only poor, black welfare recipients “take risks,” and white conservatives don’t want to take care of them because whites are racists.
This is the reason MSNBC should be renamed “BSNBC.”