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    It’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s children’s story, and she’s sticking to it

    It’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s children’s story, and she’s sticking to it

    No apologies, no regrets

    Melissa Harris-Perry made headlines when she made the now infamous statement:

    “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents”

    She’s sticking to that story, writing today Why caring for children is not just a parent’s job.

    Harris-Perry throws in the veritable kitchen sink of arguments, a little of caring for the children, her own experience as a Tulane professor, her upbringing, slavery, Native Americans, Newtown, and, er, reproductive rights.  Here’s the gist of it, but by all means read the whole thing:

    My inbox began filling with hateful, personal attacks on Monday, apparently as a result of conservative reactions to a recent “Lean Forward” advertisement now airing on MSNBC, which you can view above. What I thought was an uncontroversial comment on my desire for Americans to see children as everyone’s responsibility has created a bit of a tempest in the right’s teapot. Allow me to double down.

    One thing is for sure: I have no intention of apologizing for saying that our children, all of our children, are part of more than our households, they are part of our communities and deserve to have the care, attention, resources, respect and opportunities of those communities….

    I’ll even admit that despite being an unwavering advocate for women’s reproductive rights, I have learned this lesson from some of my most sincere, ethically motivated, pro-life colleagues. Those people who truly believe that the potential life inherent in a fetus is equivalent to the actualized life of an infant have argued that the community has a distinct interest in children no matter what the mother’s and father’s interests or needs. So while we come down on different sides of the choice issue, we agree that kids are not the property of their parents. Their lives matter to all of us….

    So those of you who were alarmed by the ad can relax. I have no designs on taking your children. Please keep your kids! But I understand the fear.

    We do live in a nation where slaveholders took the infants from the arms of my foremothers and sold them for their own profit. We do live in a nation where the government snatched American Indian children from their families and “re-educated” them by forbidding them to speak their language and practice their traditions.

    But that is not what I was talking about, and you know it….

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    “…a nation where slaveholders took the infants from the arms of my foremothers …”

    Karma gonna getcha!

    Please take take me to a nation with a pristine history where I won’t have to hear about what Harris-Perry’s racist white forefathers did her conjectural foremothers.

    Harris-Perry’s mother was/is white and her father was/is African-American, so it’s a very safe bet that H-P is about 65% pure white racist. If the race card determines the winner of this argument, H-P should think a minute about the math.

    I’m so tired of this transgenerational guilt-by-association claptrap.

    If children are “property”, then slave owners had every right to sell the children of slaves. Sounds logical to me.


     
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    rick67 | April 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Lefties often engage in a rhetorical trick which is to take something that is partly true and transform it into an absolutism of a very different kind. Of course children are not *100%* parents’ responsibility. But they are *primarily* ours. Who puts in the vast amount of work, money, blood, sweat, tears? Parents. And why? So that the State can take *our* children and turn them into good little leftist drones? Lefties like Harris-Perry take that “well the community does have a role” (which is true) and use it to flip the whole equation upside down such that parents are no longer *primary*. Remember the whole “well shucks businesses use roads and police and fire therefore… they didn’t build that and business owners somehow owe the State everything”.

    Moreover it is a basically parasitical worldview. We do all the work, take all the risk. But the State and the statist want all the benefit. Let us use your children to advance Progressivism! Let us use your business to advance Collectivism! Because G-d knows they (generally speaking) have less children and start less businesses themselves. So they’d prefer to coopt and exploit ours.


     
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    Dimsdale | April 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Yet another liberal attempt to excise the “tumor” of self reliance and responsibility from the population, and replace it with government oversight.

    MSNBC is so tone deaf that the network seemingly is now actually encouraging ham-handed Marxism from its pundits. Either that, or the network gets so little audience notice that desperation has led executives to rhetorical equivalent of arson in order to get publicity.

    I love how she immediately plays the victim card though. That’s good comedy.


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