MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry gave her audience what is perhaps one of the most depressing Thanksgiving send-offs in cable television history on Sunday.
The often controversial host began her Turkey Day monologue on a positive note, describing Thanksgiving as “a uniquely American holiday, where you can relax with the Macy’s parade, football games and eat more food than you can imagine.”
But Perry immediately dashed these simple holiday pleasures with a heavy dose of doom and gloom.
“Thanksgiving is not that simple,” she lectured. “The kindergarten story that you learned about grateful Pilgrims and happy Indians is not even close to the historic reality of how European settlers brought violence, disease and land theft to the indigenous peoples who were already in this land long before it was discovered.”
But the political science professor was not done there. She attacked Macy’s for featuring Donald Trump in a recent ad, saying the department store has “nearly a half million people [urging] them to discontinue their relationship with Donald Trump, who’s vicious, racialized attacks on president Obama’s citizenship have continued unabated.”
She even attacked the NFL and America’s “unbridled enthusiasm for a post pig skin fest.” Perry noted that “thousands of players filed suit against the NFL this year based on claims the league hid information related to head injures and permanent brain damage.”
As for your holiday feast? Perry reminds you that “millions of poor families in this country” regularly go hungry.
Perry went on to say that we should still enjoy our holiday while we “embrace” the “agony and loss and injustice that under-girds our history.”
Happy politically correct Thanksgiving from MSNBC!
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