Melissa Harris-Perry on Michele Bachmann and Michelle Obama’s faith in America

You may have noticed we’re big Melissa Harris-Perry fans here at Feministing. The professor was on The Last Word yesterday to take on the media’s differential treatment of Michelle Obama and Michele Bachmann when they both made comments that the 2008 or 2012 campaign, respectively, gave them faith in the US. Specifically, Michelle Obama’s statement caused a big ol’ media storm, and Michele Bachmann’s caused… well, just Melissa Harris-Perry’s commentary. Which is a lot smarter, better reasoned, and much more educational than my initial reaction of, “Dude, shit’s racist.”

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • Amanda

    This is a terrific segment. Too bad I spent the first few minutes trying to get the sour taste out of my mouth from the preceding advertisement, with an Exxon mobile rep raving about the safety and environmental friendliness of gas drilling.

  • Vida

    Man she articulated that so well. I love the analogy she gave at the end.

  • B. Peter Brandt-Sorheim

    Thank you, Melissa, for adding additional perspective. There are things which are true but would not have occurred to me to consider. I am indebted. Keep talking!

  • lalareina

    Melissa Harris-Perry is a natural. I’d love to see her teach in NY (so I could attend) and be full time on TV.

  • Bev

    I think Ms. Harris-Perry’s analysis is great, but I think that – here at least- there may be a simpler explanation. When Michelle Obama said she’d not been proud of her country, she was assumed to be speaking of the current Republican/conservative regime – and that made Fox et. al. quick to attack her for it. When Michelle Bachmann said she’d lost faith, it was assumed she was referring to the current Democratic regime, which is just fine with the current dominant media conversation.