What MSNBC’s Mockery of Romney’s Black Grandson Means

Every time MSNBC beclowns itself with absurd conservative hate, NRO should repost Charles C. W. Cooke’s excellent takedown, “MSNBC’s Alternative Universe.” The short answer for why incidents like this keep happening is that far lefties (heavily over-represented at MSNBC) really do believe the worst about conservatives. And I do mean the worst. It’s not that we’re just evil, because one can be an evil genius. We’re evil, stupid, hypocritical, have bad haircuts, kick puppies, and hate our grandmothers . . . unless our grandmothers are in the Klan.

It’s really not worth dwelling on the actual Romney adoption kerfuffle. Melissa Harris-Perry apologized, and the mockery will make no difference to the Romneys. They’re used to it.

What is more disturbing, however, is the far-left mindset that assaults transracial adoption, specifically adoption by white, conservative parents. This is not a new thing. In 1972 the National Association of Black Social Workers labeled white adoption of black children a form of “cultural genocide,” and this label had profound negative consequences for kids and families as states frowned upon mixed-race adoption. More recently, leftist journalist Kathryn Joyce launched a hateful-anti-(Christian)-adoption boomlet when she published The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. Coverage and critical articles followed in the New York Times, NPR, The NationSalonMother JonesPatheos, and elsewhere (Jonathan Merritt has a nice round-up here).

But some on the left don’t stop at mockery and public vilification. They get more direct and personal. As I’ve written about before (and my wife addressed rather defiantly), since we adopted our youngest daughter, we’ve received vicious personal messages, some delivered face-to-face. The theme is the same: We have no business raising our daughter, especially if we’re going to teach her our values. So far our daughter has no idea that’s happened, and while the viciousness is unpleasant, it’s nothing we can’t handle.

The next phase, however, could be different. If our daughter goes to a secular college (even, sadly, some Christian colleges) or chooses to live in more radical cultural enclaves, she’ll likely be exposed to people who will explicitly and intentionally try to turn her against us — provoking her to question everything about her life, including her own parents’ love. And they’ll do it while patting themselves on the back for their tolerance and racial understanding — believing we’re the racists simply because we disagree with their version of racial politics.

I have faith that such efforts — if they occur — will fail utterly, but in other families they sometimes succeed, and the Internet is littered with stories of family division and bitterness triggered by just this sort of ideological malice. All we can do is pray, love our daughter with our whole hearts, and battle vile identity-group ideology whenever — and wherever — it arises.

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  • Steve

    “Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me: and
    whoever shall receive me, receives not me, but him that sent me.” – Mark 9:37

    Praise you for adopting.

  • Dotty

    All I can say is that this beautiful child will have a beautiful, CONSERVATIVE life and she is the most lucky child in the universe right now! The Romneys are a great family and give love to all. God Bless you Romney family!!!

  • Biff T. Financial

    Well, it took several years, but Mitt Romney finally has done something to give conservatives cause to root for him. Congratulations on your 15-minute return to relevance, Mr. Romney!

  • conservativemama

    When our eldest daughter left for college we sent her with a warning. She attended a private, ultra liberal college in Massachusetts. While she is not adopted she is our daughter and I am a very conservative Cuban American and my husband is Jewish, and conservative.

    We warned her that the Left doesn’t like either group. And we were right. She heard and endured all kinds of nonsense. But she entered and graduated with her common sense and conservative values intact. And with good friends who sometimes disagreed with her, but respected her intelligence and her fierce defense of her beliefs. It can be done.

    • Yonah

      Ummm, you’re not being precise in regard to anti-Semitism. Yes, it is true that there is a rabid left wing anti-Semitism. On the other hand, there are far more progressive Jews than conservative…and they have the hard work of trying to navigate around the hate on all sides. For my part, I have never voted Republican, and I will never vote Republican. But, I no longer call myself a Democrat. MSNBC/DNC is a cartoon…apparently detached from the political and cultural reality that the US is increasingly ripe for a multi-party system such as those in Europe or Israel.

      • conservativemama

        I can’t disagree with you. You make good points. As for me, I never vote Democrat. That said, I am very tired of the political class in DC. So disconnected from what everyday Americans from all walks of life deal with.

  • ThisIsTheEnd

    The whole episode is pretty ugly. But respect to MHP for giving an actual apology (accepting the words were hurtful) rather then the mealy mouthed “I’m sorry if my words may have offended”

  • theglobalchristian

    As a mixed, multiracial American, unfortunately, the racism I encountered was primarily in conservative, Evangelical circles at a conservative undergraduate institution; whereas, in my liberal grad school, I was fully accepted and seen as someone with a voice and not just representing an “African-American” or “mixed” voice of a minority group. I was included within the majority unlike the former.

  • Sara

    It is too bad that conservatives only worry about racism when it is politically beneficial.

  • Nick

    FOX NEWS DOES THE EXACT SAME THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/01/04/melissa_harris_perry_brought_to_tears_in_emotional_apology_to_romney_family.html

    Why not write an article entitled “What MSNBC’s humble apology and Mitt Romney’s acceptance of it say about grace and mercy” instead of using a Christian platform to espouse political generalizations that only serve to distract from the central message of the gospel?

    • David French

      Perhaps you could write about that and provide a link when you’re finished.


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