Mike Rowe, host of CNN's Somebody's Gotta Do It and Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, is sounding off on recent comments by MSNBC' Melissa Harris-Perry, where the left-wing host was seemingly offended by a guest's use of the term "hard worker."
During a conversation about Speaker Paul Ryan, the left-wing cable news host launched into a bizarre commentary after the guest used the offending term to describe Ryan. "I want us to be super careful when we use the language 'hard worker,'" Harris-Perry said. "I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work really looks like."
Asked for his thoughts on Harris-Perry's offense, Rowe begins by noting, "that there is no longer a limit to what people can be offended by."
First of all, slavery is not "hard work;" it’s forced labor. There’s a big difference. Likewise, slaves are not workers; they are by definition, property. They have no freedom, no hope, and no rights. Yes, they work hard, obviously. But there can be no "work ethic" among slaves, because the slave has no choice in the matter.
Workers on the other hand, have free will. They are free to work as hard as they wish. Or not. The choice is theirs. And their decision to work hard, or not, is not a function of compliance or coercion; it’s a reflection of character and ambition.
Rowe has long been an advocate of hard work. His organization, The Mike Rowe Works Foundation, awards scholarships to trade schools and technical institutes for men and women who have demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for mastering specific trades.