Melissa Harris-Perry Makes Thought-Provoking Statement at Atlantic Forum
At a recent Atlantic forum about gender in the 2016 presidential election, the former MSNBC host and Wake Forest University Professor stated that she wasn’t at all surprised that Donald Trump was elected president despite his blatant displays of sexism and racism.
She went on to say that such disdainful types of views have been seemingly a “prerequisite” to win the presidency almost entirely throughout American history.
“I am not even vaguely surprised by the idea that sexual assault would not be a disqualifier for the American presidency,” she stated during the discussion. “In fact I was mostly irritated every time people would say, ‘Oh God, we can’t have a racist be the American president.’ Because I kept wondering, ‘Since when? In fact, for most of American history, racism has been a prerequisite to win the American presidency. One had to actually demonstrate one’s racism in order to become the American president. And the same was certainly true of sexism, and even of sexual assault.”
— AtlanticLIVE (@Atlantic_LIVE) December 13, 2016
Y’all didn’t think it started with Trump, did you?
By: Danielle Dixon
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