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NY Politician Calls Melissa Harris-Perry a ‘Dirty Ape’

harris perry msnbcA Dutchess County official has touched off a furor by telling a Black MSNBC news anchor on Twitter, “Keep your stinking paws off my kid, you damned dirty ape.”

The remark by Jim Coughlan, the Dutchess County controller and a candidate for New York state Senate, was directed at Melissa Harris-Perry in response to remarks she made about child-rearing that upset some conservatives.

Coughlan said he had no idea that Harris-Perry is Black and denied the comment had racist undertones, saying he simply repeating a “well-known quote from the ‘Planet of the Apes.’”

“I don’t watch MSNBC,” he said. “I don’t know about their stories or their journalists.”

But Democrats ripped his online behavior — and even some fellow Republicans distanced themselves from him.

“This is irresponsible,” said Dutchess County legislator Gwen Johnson, a Democrat. “As an African-American woman, I find this very insulting and appalling.”

She said that even if Coughlan didn’t know Harris-Perry was Black, “If you’re a public official and you’re running … you should know what you’re tweeting about and who you’re tweeting about.”

Some Republicans said they fear his Twitter history could keep them from regaining a Senate seat they long held until two years ago.

“Jim Coughlan is toxic,” said one. “The Democrats are dying to run against him in November because they know he’s the best chance they have of keeping this seat in Democratic hands.”

Harris-Perry, the host of a Sunday morning MSNBC show, has been the target of conservatives after recording an ad for her program in which she expressed the idea that communities must take collective responsibility for children.

msnbc tweet“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have,” Harris-Perry said, “because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children: ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.’”

She added, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

Coughlan, who calls himself “very conservative,” chimed in on Twitter after someone else tweeted, “Unless you’re my wife don’t call them ‘our’ children.”

Coughlan subsequently suspended his Twitter account after some people told him that some of his tweets could be considered inappropriate.

Source: nydailynews.com

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67 thoughts on “NY Politician Calls Melissa Harris-Perry a ‘Dirty Ape’

  1. Ibn Askia says:

    Shameful & appalling. Keep your head up sister.

  2. Why would her head be down? Who is the real beast in this scenario?

  3. Daniel Gaskins says:

    Not only shameful and appalling because she is African-American but as an elected official those are not the kind of comments you make towards anyone.

  4. Terri Lynn Merritts says:

    Like Coughlan, I don't watch MSNBC and had no idea that Melissa Harris-Perry was black either but I do recognize his quote as being from the movie Planet of the Apes which was NOT about black people. Apparently he didn't care for her remark that he and his wife should not be responsible for the kids they brought into the world but that their kids belong to the community. I don't buy into that either and am one liberal Democrat who believes strongly in personal responsibility, not having kids with baby mamas and baby daddies rather than being married, nor in expecting others to fund your childbearing and child rearing. It doesn't take a village- it takes family. It seems that Ms Harris-Perry made some racist remarks herself about Mitt Romney's grandson.

  5. Terri Lynn Merritts says:

    Sharmeen Irving I am white and you can see my culture if you go to the symphony, ballet, theater, bookstores, art museums, science museums, etc. My culture also includes getting a graduate education, getting married before having kids, working hard, paying taxes, taking care of my own family without expecting welfare, food stamps, free school lunches, Medicaid, section 8 housing, WIC or other benefits, doing volunteer work, saving money, buying a house in a good neighborhood, nurturing my marriage, etc. Now, how about your culture?

  6. Terri Lynn Merritts says:

    Qdown- so you are a racist who hates all of the hundreds of millions of white people in the USA without even knowing them but are offended when a white or Asian American or Latino/Latina hates all of your race without knowing them all? Hmmm.

  7. Qdown Dale says:

    i didnt read not one of you whites responses. Why? because I dont debate Euros or Neanderthals. Save your time

  8. It is as or more important to our nation's future that state and local conservative officials be voted out of office as it is for national officials to be. The state and local offficals have much more direct effect on people's lives. This incident shows that racism is alive and well and not just in the South.

  9. It's not about black people, but it is about prejudice. There would not be so much child abuse and neglect if everyone looked after the well being of all the kids in their own neighborhood, took notice of their condition and, if they suspected there was a parenting problem, either did something about it personally or called in DFACS to check. Yes, the parents should be the primary caregivers, but sometimes the kids come second to the boyfriend. Most child abuse, especially sexual abuse is carried out by a family member or step parent /boyfriend/girlfriend.

  10. He could have at least checked if it mattered to him. I am sure she has an autobiography that could be accessed on the msnbc website. I think he knew, myself although she is light skinned so it might be hard to tell just from her picture.

  11. Mac Gram says:

    Stupid idiots who claim the state can do better than parents deserve to be put in their place……..He is right…..this country is getting like the Planet of the Apes!!

  12. Mac Gram says:

    The shameful thing about this is her statement, not his.

  13. Mac Gram says:

    Sharmeen Irving What is anyone's culture……this is rediculous idiotic sensationalism ! ….That woman needed a story to get famous & make her day!

  14. Mac Gram says:

    Sooo….your description of white culture is all that???!!! My oh My….your intelligence is pretty limited. Your description could probably be appropriate to describe some people regardless of race, group, geographic location, or whatever. …..Hatred and bitterness is not limited to race!. I know how you feel though, it's easier for you to claim "racism" than to try to understand others.

  15. Mac Gram says:

    Maybe so for now, but in the end everyone loses…….nothing good comes of hatred, war, ridicule, nastyness, lies, accusations, etc.

  16. James Berry says:

    Qdown Dale Sure you read them. Otherwise this last post of yours has no foundation.

  17. Wayne Everingham says:

    She is very light skinned & could be mistaken for white. I never watch MSNBC. I get my news from the local newspaper. Anything else is pretty much political BS anyway. A friend of mine is mixed race & many think she is white. Actually color shouldn't make any difference, character does!

  18. Rhonda Brownign Having a boyfriend living in your home and being on welfare are not previlent in most white communities. YOU CAN LIKE THAT ANALYSIS OR NOT. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

  19. See post above by Mac Gram.

  20. Rhonda Brownign Do you look up everybod you reply ?

  21. Lucy Dennis says:

    Patricia Fennessey Cala, This man was not replying to her, she did not personally talk to him…she made a comment, so to ask that question is ridiculous. This man knew who she was, stop making excuses for his vile behavior

  22. Patrick Clancy Don't you mean resurgence of the clan due to the hate filled ramblings of Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson?

  23. Mari Barosay says:

    Well, kiss his career bye-bye.

  24. Mari Barosay says:

    Mac Gram Wrong, and I don't even know what she said.

  25. Mari Barosay says:

    Melinda Caskey God, I hope not.

  26. Qdown Dale says:

    neanderthals, pathetic lol

  27. Michael Parchert says:

    and white people are the racists hahaha yeah okay

  28. Qdown Dale says:

    lol

  29. im no senator so i'll say it…. "Keep your hands off my kid you damned dirty ape" (a quote from planet of the apes) Only a freakin demotard could actually let some drivel like "Your child is not yours" drool out of their mouths and feel righteous while doing so.

  30. Peter DiGaudio says:

    That's an insult … to damn dirty apes.

  31. Disingenuous and in a way, makes sense. Our races do not have a culture that mixes well. I'm no racist, I am white and poor. I do have class, know how to act in public, would never think of menacing another person unless attacked. I am sick and tired of listening to some of the lyrics to your songs that I can't avoid. My children married and are raising a couple of fantastic kids. I suppose you hate that. Might have to take responsibility for yourself.

  32. Yea, yea, yea.. She is a purveyor of hate. Is racist to the core, making fun of Romney's grandchild. She tells lies all the time. I cannot understand how a dipshit like her is paid for her pap. A professor?? Really??

  33. Mac Gram I think that BOTH statements are out of line…But I gotta tell ya, "Keep your hands off my kids is VERY agreeable to me"

  34. Heidi Ausgood She wants MY kids to be OUR kids? Not in her lifetime!!!

  35. So ??? Its alright for her to want to "take" responsability for you children away from you and you wouldn't hit the ceiling? That is also BS !!

  36. Lucy Dennis What if she had been talking about YOUR kids? Would it have been alright to be angry then?

  37. HERE, HERE !! They are mine !! Keep your paws off !

  38. Political correctness is dangerous and It really is tiresome!!~!

  39. Why is it certain cultures are always looking to abdicate their responsibilities ? You have children, they are your responsibility not the communities.

  40. Terry Tidwell says:

    I think this woman is full o f horsemanure….MY kids are mine, and none of your business. Elitist Democrat idiots keep trying to take over everything with their high-handed crap.

  41. Lucy Dennis says:

    this is about him calling her an ape, we are not talking about what she said, we are talking about what he said. And even if we are, does that give him merit to call someone a slurred name because he is angry? So my question to you, if you grow angry at what someone says, will you call them out of their name? will you use racial slurs?

  42. Margaret Adams says:

    Daniel Gaskins REGARDLESS OF WHO SAID WHAT… IT IS THAT PERSON'S RIGHT UNDER THE 1ST AMENDMENT OF THE US CONSTITUTION TO HAVE AND EXPRESS AN OPINION. Now, I realize you have yours, but stop policing everything people say. It really is NONE of your business.

  43. Liz Hayes says:

    Wayne EveringhambSo what was the dirty ape statement all about. Mellisa maybe fair skin but cannot pass for white.

  44. Jincy Canterbury Hayes says:

    Just ban him for life and fine him $2.5M. That will fix him. Oh, and while we're at it, fine Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for their racist comments that were recorded when they thought they were no longer on the mike. Yep, Politicians are idiots. We need to do away with career politicians and whatever the hell Sharpton and Jackson are.

  45. Melissa Harris-Perry is beautiful looking and extra smart. What an awful way for a person to talk especially when he admits he doesn't even know who she is.

  46. Crazie Flawed Narcissistic-VampDoll says:

    I have read her words over and over and fail to see how saying children are a communities responsibility would inspire an adult to respond like a teenager. The fact that she isnt speaking of physically handling children really amplifies his ignorant comment. And for one in his position and in today's society it's really quite stupid that he'd rather gamble his career with childish innuendo's than speak his mind with some semblance of decorum and pseudo intellect. Pathetic. And to address the other comments i've read here about her making remarks about Mitt's kids or grandkids. If she did so then she is just as childish but to see grown ass people advocating tit for tat and bringing up jesse jackson is just sad. Jeezus people. Learn to make your point without fallacies and bringing random other people and issues into it. This is why nothing gets solved. Instead of admitting fault or staying on point, so called adults get derailed by bullshit. AND NOT ONCE DID I CALL HIM A RACIST BECAUSE IT'S NOT EVEN THE MAIN POINT OF WHAT HE DID WRONG. DAMN

  47. Crazie Flawed Narcissistic-VampDoll says:

    I have read her words over and over and fail to see how saying children are a communities responsibility would inspire an adult to respond like a teenager. The fact that she isnt speaking of physically handling children really amplifies his ignorant comment. And for one in his position and in today's society it's really quite stupid that he'd rather gamble his career with childish innuendo's than speak his mind with some semblance of decorum and pseudo intellect. Pathetic. And to address the other comments i've read here about her making remarks about Mitt's kids or grandkids. If she did so then she is just as childish but to see grown ass people advocating tit for tat and bringing up jesse jackson is just sad. Jeezus people. Learn to make your point without fallacies and bringing random other people and issues into it. This is why nothing gets solved. Instead of admitting fault or staying on point, so called adults get derailed by bullshit. AND NOT ONCE DID I CALL HIM A RACIST BECAUSE IT'S NOT EVEN THE MAIN POINT OF WHAT HE DID WRONG. DAMN

  48. Gregory Wright says:

    Marilyn Pregler Public schools, roads, water systems and even utilities are ours. It is handled like that for the common good.

  49. Gregory Wright says:

    Marilyn Pregler Public schools, roads, water systems and even utilities are ours. It is handled like that for the common good.

  50. Gregory Wright says:

    Wayne Everingham Yet you bring it ip three times in your one comment. Ask why the reason or need to PASS FOR WHITE? What advantage does this passing give?

  51. Gregory Wright says:

    Patricia Fennessey Cala Except for the fact that you are wrong. Many more whites on welfare than blacks. We will leave it alone.

  52. Gregory Wright says:

    Patricia Fennessey Cala Except for the fact that you are wrong. Many more whites on welfare than blacks. We will leave it alone.

  53. Lewis Suki says:

    Mari they like men like him, they will never loose their jobs.

  54. Camille Brown says:

    First off please keep your hands of my child..agreed.
    2nd. ….. he's a lie and the truth isn't in HIS (THEIR)…. character……

  55. Camille Brown says:

    First off please keep your hands of my child..agreed.
    2nd. ….. he's a lie and the truth isn't in HIS (THEIR)…. character……

  56. "Unless you’re my wife don’t call them 'our' children." Did the same twit also chastise George W. Bush when he asked, "Is our children learning?"

  57. "Unless you’re my wife don’t call them 'our' children." Did the same twit also chastise George W. Bush when he asked, "Is our children learning?"

  58. Marilyn Pregler Did you bitch at George W. Bush when he wanted your kids to be his kids? When he asked, "Is our children learning?" No, white people are allowed to speak of the nation's children as "our" children, but not black people, because they're not your countrymen, right? But no, you're not racist.

  59. Marilyn Pregler Did you bitch at George W. Bush when he wanted your kids to be his kids? When he asked, "Is our children learning?" No, white people are allowed to speak of the nation's children as "our" children, but not black people, because they're not your countrymen, right? But no, you're not racist.

  60. Mac Gram You're the racist, you freak. You assumed she was talking about race when she said "their" culture. It's merely Republican culture, whether the Republican is black or white.

  61. Mac Gram You're the racist, you freak. You assumed she was talking about race when she said "their" culture. It's merely Republican culture, whether the Republican is black or white.

  62. Marilyn Pregler You're a fucking retard, you know that? Maybe you should call the police and demand they go and arrest her for threatening to kidnap your children, since you honestly believe that's what she's said.

  63. Marilyn Pregler You're a fucking retard, you know that? Maybe you should call the police and demand they go and arrest her for threatening to kidnap your children, since you honestly believe that's what she's said.

  64. Nobody wants your feces covered ape kids, least of all us civilized Democrats.

  65. Nobody wants your feces covered ape kids, least of all us civilized Democrats.

  66. Lovelyfe Lau says:

    Ok Mac Gram, Maybe is was less than smart for me to classify the above mentioned as "white culture", but you do agree that it's their history, don't you?

  67. Lovelyfe Lau says:

    Ok Mac Gram, Maybe is was less than smart for me to classify the above mentioned as "white culture", but you do agree that it's their history, don't you?

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