On Sunday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry doubled down on her apology to the Romneys for using their family photo in a segment of her “Look Back In Laughter” episode, which aired at the end of last month.
In his defense of Harris-Perry (catch up on the entire brouhaha here), the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates referred to her as “America’s foremost public intellectual.” Politico’s Dylan Byers seems to disagree:
Byers was quickly asked to explain his tweet, and to offer up the names of intellectuals he deems worthy of that distinction. His suggestions were all white men, and one dead white woman:
And then there’s this:
So Byers is entirely sure that there is such a thing as “America’s foremost intellectiual,” but he’s confident that Harris-Perry doesn’t fit the bill. Why? Well, we could ask why, why, and delve deep into a conversation about racism, sexism and a history of the dismissal of black women and their intellectual contributions. But let Byers tell it, and Coates’ put his credibility (!) on the line by vouching for Harris-Perry because she’s a weekend host at MSNBC.
(Side note: It’s curious that Byers wants to strip Coates—who has quite the record of lending brilliant thinking to nearly everything important that happens in this country—of his credibility, just because he co-signed MHP as important and indispensable.)