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Melissa Harris-Parry Brings Up Slavery, Indians

From the Huffington Post:

Melissa Harris-Perry Responds To Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin

April 9, 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry penned an in-depth response to her critics on Tuesday, saying that she has "no intention of apologizing" for her ad.

In a blog post, she said that she received "hateful, personal attacks" after conservatives targeted an MSNBC ad in which she said that "kids belong to whole communities." She went on to defend what she called an "uncontroversial comment," and called out her critics.

"Allow me to double down," Harris-Perry began. "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."

She wrote that she has "no designs on taking your children," adding, "That is not what I was talking about, and you know it." …

Oddly enough, the Huffington Post left out many of Ms. Harris-Perry’s comments. Which seem to be quite bizarre newsworthy in their own right.

Here some more from her blog post, via MSNBC:

Why caring for children is not just a parent’s job

Melissa Harris-Perry | April 9, 2013

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…. 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.

When the flood of vitriolic responses to the ad began, my first reaction was relief. I had spent the entire day grading papers and was relieved that since these children were not my responsibility, I could simply mail the students’ papers to their moms and dads to grade! But of course, that is a ridiculous notion. As a teacher, I have unique responsibilities to the students in my classroom at Tulane University, and I embrace those responsibilities. It is why I love my job.

What a zinger! After all, if we believe that there should be teachers, then it logically follows that our children do not really belong to us.

Then I started asking myself where did I learn this lesson about our collective responsibility to children. So many answers quickly became evident.

I learned it from my mother who, long after her own kids were teens, volunteered on the non profit boards of day care centers that served under-resourced children.

I learned it from my father who, despite a demanding career and a large family of his own, always coached boys’ basketball teams in our town…

Her litany goes on for quite a while.

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.

Given what she probably teaches, we are right to 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…

Remember this is a teacher. This is what she is teaching. These are the thoughts that first bubbled up on her brain.

By the way, do you suppose Ms. Harris-Perry is aware of the fact that many Indian tribes practiced slavery? And that slavery was one of the things that white ‘re-educated’ them about.

I venture to say that anyone and everyone should know full well that my message in that ad was a call to see ourselves as connected to a larger whole. I don’t want your kids, but I want them to live in safe neighborhoods. I want them to learn in enriching and dynamic classrooms. I want them to be healthy and well and free from fear.

Unless it is fear of white Republicans.

I want them to grow up to agree or disagree with me or with you and to have all the freedom and tools they need to express what they believe

But just don’t try any of that in her classroom.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Melissa Harris-Parry Brings Up Slavery, Indians”

  1. And my forefathers fought a War to undo the damage slavery did to this nation and paid for it with 600,000 lives and 1,000,000+ uprooted and ruined.

    How about you celebrate this kind of nation instead of lecturing us, again, on the bad things NORTHERN BANKS and sailing fleet familes that now make up the money-powers within the Democrat Party?

    Eh? What’s that?

    (crickets)

  2. JohnMG

    Melissa Harris-Perry said………at which point my mind engaged the “consider-the-source” button.

    If this is what passes for an independent thinker and teacher, even Joe Biden should realize the system as a failure. So………………….more government should fix it, right?

  3. Petronius

    The striking fact about the type of communities Ms Melissa Harris-Perry admires and celebrates is that they are the ones with the least commitment to their own self-betterment.

  4. mr_bill

    Melissa hyphen hyphen hyphen’s keeeds be wildin’ out in Philly.

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com.....89591.html

    Drop off the delinquents in her front yard.

  5. Petronius – them ‘kids’ will belong to the State.

    Frackville, PA or Forest, PA state penitentiaries




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