“Hard Worker” Now Demeans Slavery?


Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 7.50.40 PMI gather the term hard-working is no longer acceptable and is racist?  It is only to be used in the connotation of slavery when slaves were ‘hard working’.  Like Mike Rowe says, they were doing forced labor.  There is a difference between someone who is hard working, and someone who is a slave.  This is so disturbing on so many levels.

I cannot insult Melissa Harris-Perry enough.

My father started working when he was 7 years old.  It was during the early years of the Great Depression.  His father had lost everything, and experienced a stroke due to stress.  They had no fuel.  My grandmother had sold her furs, her sterling, her china, all her beautiful things, her beautiful clothes, their new car.  She sold everything to get the family out of debt.  My father sold paper flowers door to door in order to earn a nickle so he could buy a quart of kerosene for the cook stove.  His next job was a paper route.  He worked, hard, until he retired at age 80.

I cannot insult Melissa Harris-Perry enough.

My grandfather Froehlich started his dairy with 6 borrowed cows.  In order to build his barn, he and his brothers dug up tabby sidewalk from a failed subdivision which went broke during the early years of the Great Depression in Palm Beach County.  He made his barn out of nothing.  A few years later, he head enough money to loan a friend, a man named John D. MacArthur, two hundred dollars to start an insurance business, out of his car.  That man worked like crazy also.  My grandfather milked 3 shifts, 200 cows per shift.  He worked until he was 80, then sold everything for about as many million dollars as he had lived years.

I don’t think it is currently possible to insult Melissa Harris-Perry enough over her comment that the term ‘hard work’ when used by new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.  She said that the term ‘hard working’ is insulting to the experience of slaves.   My first question is simple.  Does she even reside in the same universe as everyone else?  Not only is she ignorant, but, apparently she applies her wisdom unequally.  If  you are progressive, hard work includes a meet and greet holding a glass of white wine, and nibbling on stinky cheese.  If you are conservative, you’re damned.

“…“I just want to pause on one thing. I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role. But I want us to be super careful when you use the language ‘hard worker.’ But I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall.”

“Because it is a reminder of hard work looks like. So I feel you that he’s a hard worker, so I feel you that he is a hard worker, but in the context of relative privilege. And I just want to point that you talk about work/life balance and being a hard worker, and the moms who don’t have health care…”

“You don’t call them hard workers, you call them failures who are sucking off the system. That’s what ya’ll do.”..”

Mike Rowe, who can do just about anything, including opera as a base, took her out, nicely.

“…I suspect this is because Melissa believes – as do many others – that success today is mostly a function of what she calls, “relative privilege.” This is fancy talk for the simple fact that life is unfair, and some people are born with more advantages than others. It’s also a fine way to prepare the unsuspecting viewer for the extraordinary suggestion that slavery is proof-positive that hard work doesn’t pay off.

Obviously, I don’t see the world the same way as Melissa, but we do have something in common. Like her, I keep a picture on my office wall.

That’s me, squatting next to the most disappointing toilet I’ve ever encountered, preparing to clean it out with a garden trowel. I keep it there to remind me of what happens when you need a plumber but can’t find one.

It’s also a nice reminder that a good plumber these days has a hell of a lot more job security than the average news anchor. (With respect.)…”

One gathers she is incapable of comprehending that men and women who go out and work, hard work, are working for far more then minimum wage, and are a hell of a lot smarter than she is.  One suspects, aside from her fitness club, she’s never done anything to break out in a sweat. She talks about having a photo of slaves picking cotton, so she can keep in touch with the folks.  That is the most narcissistic, self-serving, arrogant, and bigoted thing I’ve heard anyone on the left spew in a long time.  Does she even comprehend people worked during the Great Depression and the era of share-cropping?  These men and women, hard-working men and women sent their sons, daughters and grandchildren, not only to school, which they did not have an opportunity to attend, but to college. I know.  I grew up in the South.  Trust me, they would have nothing in common with Melissa Harris-Perry and would laugh at her.

I was reading that she and her hubby are in hock to the IRS for over a hundred-thou.  Maybe she needs to try a little hard work. She might learn to stop insulting hard working people, i.e her betters.