MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry jumped to defend Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claims that she is part Cherokee Indian Saturday on her weekend show. Perry delivered a mini-diatribe on the relativity of race, with the conclusion that all one must do is “think” they are a certain ethnicity for it to be true.
Perry began her lecture by lamenting “in Massachusetts…you’ll see that the path of progress is sometimes a long and slow one.” She compared the race to a famous scene in the Bruce Willis movie “The Sixth Sense” tritely noting that ”some are saying, I see indigenous people” in reference to Warrens claims. After showing a picture of Warren, Perry asks “Is that what an American Indian is supposed to look like?” She continued, lecturing her audience, “Careful. The right answer is there is no answer.”
Perry then discussed her race relativism theory: “If candidate Warren grew up thinking she is Native American by heritage, who are we to say she is not? And who are we to define her based on narrow constructs of race.”
The quote is an odd one since Perry has regularly defined people and their motives by race, recently noting white America needed a “racial enemy” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC: