Starting last week, MSNBC talker Melissa Harris-Perry caused a stir for this “Lean Forward” all your kids are belong to us ad on MSNBC. It’s as radical and anti-parenting an ad as has ever run on a major cable news network, or even MSNBC.
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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 is setting up a choice, and then siding with the state against parents, and urging viewers to do the same.
Today, she broke her silence on the ad and in her own words, doubles down. After claiming to have come to the belief that parents have no inherent rights because her mom volunteered, George W. Bush believed no child should be left behind, and because pro-lifers believe in the right to life, Harris-Perry tosses down the race card. Of course. No political argument is complete until we have that. “Shut up, stupid racist!” she explained.
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.
No, she was talking about the Marxist intent to destroy the family, along with the church, as the last but most powerful impediments to implementing full state control over our lives. Her ad was not the benign call to community that she is now making it out to be. It’s a radical attack on the foundation of our society and way of life.
And Professor Melissa Harris-Perry knows it.