Zany commentator and liberal professor Melissa Harris-Perry claimed yesterday on her MSNBC cable show that (thankfully) nobody watches that Darth Vader is racist. For those of you not familiar with the Star Wars movies, Darth Vader is a fictional character played by a white guy. Several white actors over the years, actually. But her reasoning is this:
“Yeah, like, the part where (Vader) was totally a black guy whose name basically was James Earl Jones, who, and we were all, but while he was black, he was terrible and bad and awful and used to cut off white men’s hands, and didn’t, you know, actually claim his son. But as soon as he claims his son and goes over to the good, he takes off his mask and he is white. Yes, I have many, many feelings about that, but I will try to put them over here.”
You can watch the train wreck here:
Basically, she says a villain isn't allowed to wear black clothes because that's saying that black men are evil. Which, if a villain is evil, then I'd presume that he'd want to do dastardly things like call people names. But commonsense doesn't really play much of a part in discussions with leftists who are professionals at being offended by everything.
Here's the story at Townhall.com, but you can find it at most news outlets:
But if you're going to take the color of someone's costume as being their race, then it seems like Darth Vader is a great representative for blacks. He's strong. He's in charge. He a powerful leader. He has thousands or even millions of white guys (Stormtroopers, which again...if she's saying that the color of costume denotes what race they represent. She didn't say what race Boba Fett represents with his green costume) following his every direction and doing his bidding. And there's no question that Mr. Vader is the central character in the entire Star Wars franchise. He's not even a bad villain in the end. He ends up grabbing the Emperor (an old white man who's REALLY evil) and killing him to save the planet or save the empire or whatever.
Ms. Harris-Perry doesn't do a very good job of making sense. But she does a great job of demonstrating that the left can never be made happy. Race hustlers can never be given enough. That no amount of concessions will satisfy them. As soon as whatever they're complaining about today is addressed, they'll simply move the goal posts and complain even louder about the next made-up crisis they dream up. The good thing to come out of these peeks into their insanity is that more and more people are realizing that our friends on the left with all their crazy demands like this aren't interested in a rational discussion or civil discourse. They're just perpetual victims. Roaming the galaxy looking for something else to be offended about and victimized by.