A primer on how not to respond to accusations of racism

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:55 EDT
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The Nation scribe and MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry set off a firestorm of criticism with her recent column in which she argued that structural racism, in which white liberals unconsciously hold a black politician to a higher standard, might doom President Obama to a single term. The responses from white liberals ranged from scathing to outright racist, and had one thing in common: many people took Harris-Perry’s structural analysis as a personal accusation of racism and responded to it as such (and too often in kind).

Since there were so many responses to Harris-Perry’s thesis — and several were quite long and filled with SAT-words — we consolidated them all into a short, one-minute video for our readers:

[Image via the White House Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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