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What Motivated MSNBC’s Mockery of Baby Kieran Romney?

Could host Melissa Harris-Perry's feelings about her own upbringing have contributed to her treatment of the Romneys?

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Walter Hudson

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December 31, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted an apology to the family of Mitt Romney yesterday after this clip made the rounds on social media. In the video, Harris-Perry and a gaggle of “progressive” panelists mock Mitt Romney’s family on account of an adopted black baby. Harris-Perry presents a family photo with the new addition held in the former presidential candidate’s lap. She asks for “captions,” which prompts one panelist to sing the Sesame Street song “One of These Things Is Not Like the Other.” Another remarks that the photo accurately reflects the diversity of the Republican Party, with a single black person among many whites.

The candid moment reveals what latent racism remains in our political discourse. Such ugliness makes its home on the Left.

As the product of one mixed-race union, a partner in another, and the father of two young mixed-race boys, I can speak with some authority on the topic of mixed-race families. My entire life serves as a case in point. Experience has led me to conclude that the real racists among us are those who see race wherever they look. Most people don’t. Most people look at my boys and see boys, not percentages of this mixed with that. Most people look at that picture of the Romney family and see a family, not a black baby among white people. Most people are not racists.

In her apologetic tweets, Harris-Perry recalls that she grew up “as a black child born into a large white Mormon family,” and merely meant to express familiarity with the Romneys. If we were to take her at her word, she certainly could have come up with a better way to express herself.

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"What Motivated MSNBC’s Mockery of Baby Kieran Romney?"

1. To keep the race war alive.
2. Inadvertently showing the left's double standard.
33 weeks ago
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I'm more than a little confused. Above, it says "In her apologetic tweets, Harris-Perry recalls that she grew up 'as a black child born into a large white Mormon family,'" and I checked the tweets and they confirm this.

But Wikipedia lists her father as William M. Harris Sr. a professor of African-American studies who is decidedly black. How do you have a black father and be born into a large white family?

From her own biographical account of her mother, she left the Mormon church before Melissa was born, and is a committed leftist, thus Melissa's experience was hardly that of a child raised in a white, conservative mormon environment:

From http://nocountryforyoungwomen.com/2011/05/mothers-day-special-melissa-harris-perry/

"Mom left the Mormon Church after a failed first marriage left her a single mother and sole breadwinner. Mom moved to a city, enrolled in graduate school in sociology, and eventually met and fell in love with my dad, a black man who grew up in Jim Crow Virginia. My mother came to understand racism and sexism is deeply personal and highly professional ways as she became the mother of a black child and an advocate for troubled teens in the early 1970s. Mom spent her career working in non-profit organizations. She never earned much money but her work helped build day care centers for poor kids, provide health care to rural communities, create access to reproductive care for women, and offer alternatives to incarceration for troubled young people. She spent her final working years as an administrator at a prestigious university, but even there her focus was on advocacy for students. As a “retired” worker mom continues to volunteer for social justice organizations and to serve as my daughter’s main care provider, setting an extraordinary example for another generation of young women in our family."

"The mother of a black child?" How come mixed race children are "black children" never "white children?"
33 weeks ago
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I see a baby who lost his original family for some unknown reason (and it's none of my business) but has now found a new family where he is most definitely wanted and loved.
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All I see is terrible racism and hate.
Whoops! Actually, the opposite, seeing God's love reflected in Love that does not notice race and embraces the needy.
How did America vote so wrongly?
32 weeks ago
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It's a well-established inside the commielib Social Worker cohort and with leftist black people that it's better for black children to grow up in chaos or foster care than to be adopted by even the best white families.

Decline is the Leftist agenda. The worse, the better.
32 weeks ago
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Social workers suck.
They put abused children back in the dangerous home until the kid is dead or a veg.
Ideology over compassion or reality.
32 weeks ago
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MHP is a black racist and her rants and phony apologies mean nothing.
32 weeks ago
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funny but B.O. was raised by a white family. Anyone commenting on that,
32 weeks ago
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Which family? The Muslim who showed him the Monkey God? The Red grandparents?
32 weeks ago
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Why exactly should one accept an apology from a person that doesn't mean the apology, and who remains the vile, racist that the comments exposed her to the world to see
32 weeks ago
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MSNBC is despicable, and Harris-Perry is a sheep who is afraid of losing her job, since she has no qualifications whatsoever.
I wish to point out that, in the photo of the Romneys with their grandchildren, all the boys are wearing blue shirts and all the girls are wearing pink. From that you can conclude that Baby Kieran is a GIRL, since she is wearing a pink dress. C'mon people, stop the war on baby women!
32 weeks ago
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The Left hates tran-racial adoption. They always have. Fortunately, Howard Metzenbalm of all people, shepherded through a law that basically ended the debate in favor of people like the Romney's and their new little baby.

Every time a leftist sees a dark skinned baby in the arms of a loving parent with a lighter skin color they go into convulsions. Some poor infant might be missing out on their cultural history of voting Democrat and nursing grievance no matter how much they are betrayed by the same leftists. If 20% of the blacks in this country held the Democrat party responsible for their actions, they would never win a statewide race again, much less a national one.
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Well, if you use the example of Melissa HP, the children grow up to be resentful, hate-filled racists. Maybe the leftists are correct; maybe white people should stop adopting black babies.

From what I can see, they are rearing racists with chips on their shoulders.
32 weeks ago
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Envy.
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It isn't race per se. Children who are abandoned by one parent often cling to that portion of their identities at the expense of the parent who did the hard work of raising them. It is similar to how an elderly person will consider the child who lives the furthest away and visits the least to be their favorite while the faithful child who takes care of them on a daily basis is taken for granted.
32 weeks ago
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Which of these is not like the others?

http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2009/07/07/baseball-brings-em-together-all-5-us-presidents/

Get it? Watch out for the howls!
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