MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry was slammed by the conservatives this week for a promo that she filmed for MSNBC that encouraged more investment in public education.
In the promo, Harris-Perry said: "So part of it is we have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it's everybody's responsibility and not just the households, we start making better investments."
This set off a flurry of attacks form conservatives, who misquoted her and claimed she wanted the state to take children away from their parents.
The right wing website Newsbusters.org compared Harris-Perry to Chairman Mao.
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The Washington Times blared this inaccurate headline: "MSNBC-Melissa Harris-Perry says "Our kids should belong to the state."
Sarah Palin wrote on her Twitter page: "Apparently MSNBC doesn't think your children belong to you. Unflippingbelievable."
Glenn Beck called the promo “almost a parody of reality,” while Rush Limbaugh called her views “Marxist,” reported Mediaite.com.
In response today, Harris-Perry tweeted on Twitter the bible verse citation "Matthew 5:44."
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Matthew 5:44 states: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Harris-Perry also wrote in an article on MSNBC.com:
I believe wholeheartedly, and without apology, that we have a collective responsibility to the children of our communities even if we did not conceive and bear them. Of course, parents can and should raise their children with their own values. But they should be able to do so in a community that provides safe places to play, quality food to eat, terrific schools to attend, and economic opportunities to support them. No individual household can do that alone. We have to build that world together.
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.
Sources: MSNBC.com, Twitter, Mediaite.com, Washington Times, Newsbusters.org