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April 10, 2013
Melissa Harris-Perry doubles down on 'children don't belong to parents'
Well, not exactly "doubling down." You see, Perry changed the parameters of the debate by ignoring what she said in the ad, and creating an entirely new argument that is far more mainstream than what she actually implied: 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. Is that what she said? No: In the ad, Harris-Perry calls for "breaking through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents." Instead, she says, we should "recognize that kids belong to whole communities." She didn't say kids were "a part of more than our households." She said they "belong to whole communities." That's a damn sight more radical than what she now claims she said. Here's more of her deep thinking: I believe wholeheartedly, and without apology, that we...(Read Full Post)