Mixed People Monday – Melissa Harris-Perry

This is one sharp lady.

This is one sharp lady.

The MSNBC talk show host and college professor has a white mother and a black father, though she self-identifies as black.

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5 thoughts on “Mixed People Monday – Melissa Harris-Perry

  1. ericjbaker says:

    I try to stay away from the talking-head shows on the news channels, both to avoid becoming aggravated and because those people tend to be ideologues, and I find blind allegiance to an ideology dangerous. That said, I like MH-P’s show and catch it on the rare occasion I am home when it’s on. She usually speaks from a practical perspective and doesn’t rely on the same old “experts” who appear on every other show. I like Maddow too, because she avoids the shouting and belligerence that is the M.O. for so many of her colleagues.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      I agree that MHP deals with issues from a reasoned perspective, though clearly left of center. And that is also true of Maddow. Very intellectual approach to disagreement.

      • ericjbaker says:

        Although a big part of your message here is not making assumptions about people, I’m going to go ahead and make the assumption that most people who read your blog are center or left of center, if only because your message of tolerance, diversity, anti-bullying, and respect for different lifestyles would not resonate with a lot folks on the right (I think many average people who call themselves conservative are actually centrist. It’s the racists and the Rush Limbaugh followers who define the loudest element of the “movement”). I like Harris-Perry partly because I lean left, but also because I believe she is an honest representation of herself and not a playing a character, like so many in that scene on the right and the left seem to do.

      • Earnest Harris says:

        I aree that no doubt most of the readers of this blog are likely left of center (though you know how the Internet is, trust me I get my fair share of right wingers as well as extreme racists who want to post really ugly comments but I don’t let them through unless it is respectful disagreement). And while I do tend to watch an MSNBC and avoid FOX News, I do prefer people who are reasoned in their disagreement.

        I hosted political talk radio shows in Austin and in St. Louis for a while and one of my drawbacks I think, was that I was too close to the center for that business, though also clearly left for the most part. The talk business rewards loud arguments and that was not my style. And I agree, many of the talkers are putting on a character. I am not sure many of them actually believe half of what they say, but they know controversy means ratings. So that is indeed why I like MHP and Maddow, they both do come across as more reasoned in their bias.

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