The term “hard worker” should be regarded as a compliment, not a slur, Greta Van Susteren said in her "Off the Record" commentary.

Van Susteren was sounding off on some recent controversial remarks made by Melissa Harris-Perry.

The MSNBC host told a guest on her show that the term may be demeaning to the experience of slaves.


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"I want us to be super careful when we use the language 'hard worker,'" she said. "Because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like."

"In the context of relative privilege," Harris-Perry continued, "I just want to point out, that when you talk about work-life balance and being a hard worker, the moms who don’t have health care who are working, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures."

Van Susteren said that Harris-Perry’s comments were "completely ridiculous."

"What could possibly be wrong with the description 'hard worker'?" she asked. "Is she suggesting that the description 'hard worker' may be racist? If she is, that’s really out there."

Watch the full commentary above.


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