1. the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Many families wishing to adopt choose a child that matches them racially. They can pretend the child is biologically theirs. The child doesn't look out of place in their family, drawing odd looks from the intolerant or even racist. It takes courage and love to accept any child who needs a home. So imagine that your family has unreservedly opened your hearts to a child. You didn't care what the child might look like. All that mattered was he or she needed a loving home, and you were going to provide that and love that child as your own.
I've seen this first hand. A white family in my congregation adopted an Asian child. There is no distinction by parents or siblings. That little girl is the baby of the family, a little princess and loved by all of them. To my knowledge, no one if the congregation treats her any differently than any of the other children. That's because we don't care what race someone is.
Now imagine, having not assigned the least bit of importance to skin color, you're mocked for your open-hearted, loving choice on national television.
That's what happened to one of Mitt Romney's children. It's really worse than that. The MSNBC panel member actually mocked the black adopted child directly. Here's the article from the LA Times. I chose the LA Times, because they included follow up details. The panel member sang of a beautiful family photo of the Romneys including Mitt holding the two youngest grandchildren on his knees (one black one white) the familiar Sesame Street song, "One of these things is not like the others."
Ah, so the Romney family makes no distinction based on skin color, but the enlightened Leftists of MSNBC do. Well, that's as progressive as eugenics, I suppose.
According to the LA Times, many panel members made jokes. This is particularly cruel and pointless given that Mitt Romney, a two time failure in his presidential bids, is unlikely to seek office again, so there's no need to attack him.
As for the host herself, so far as I've read Melissa Harris-Perry didn't say anything untoward at first. It was her "apology" tweets that revealed more Here they are (several tweets, transcribed to text here):
"I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they r wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices."You can find the actual screenshots online if you like. Here's my reading, "I'm really sorry without qualification, oh, except that they're white and Mormon so it's awkward for them to have a Black baby in their family. I'm apologizing, but I still don't think a Black child belongs in a White Mormon family." She's assuming a lot about white families. It's pretty close to the definition of racism given above. Assuming racial characteristics of whites certainly is, and assuming anything about all Mormons is bigotry at the least.
By the way, Melissa, you're operating on an out of date idea of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is. Mormon congregations reflect the diversity of the communities in which they're situated. Eric Marrapodi of CNN noticed it in this piece. In California, the Sacramento Bee noticed it here:
Sacramento has long been considered one of the most integrated cities in America, and Sacramento's Mormon stake, or network of 13 parishes, reflects that, said stake President John Cassinat.If Ms. Harris-Perry had set foot in an LDS meeting in the congregations surrounding New York City (I served as a missionary in Booklyn and Queens) she'd have been hard-pressed to keep her bigoted view of Mormonism, since she'd have had a hard time finding a White member in many of them. The Church's world-wide missionary effort is changing the face of Utah, with many legal immigrants coming to the center of the faith from all nations.
"We could be the most culturally diverse stake in the U.S.," he said.
The 5,000 Mormons in Sacramento also include immigrants from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Laos, China, Japan and Korea, as well as Europe and the former U.S.S.R., said spokeswoman Sue Ramsden.
I've digressed a bit, but even in apology, Ms. Harris-Perry is dreadfully wrong and bigoted. Adopting a child is an act of love. Doing so unreservedly and without regard for race is possibly even a nobler act, though I'm sure the families doing it don't see it that way. Those families just want to help and love a child who needs it, and they actually do it without qualification. Instead of seeing the beauty in that, MSNBC chooses to mock it. I'd expect nothing less of Progressive Leftists.