Saturday morning, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said she stands by the “kids belong to the collective” promotional spot she did for the network and doubled down on her assertion that children belong to the community as a whole, The Blaze reported.
“We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities,” she said in the ad that sparked controversy.
Last week, she defended the ad on her blog, citing Matthew 5:44.
She continued to defend her position while recognizing that “some” were “genuinely upset” with her words.
“I can see that some people are genuinely upset about what I actually said,” she remarked on Saturday.
“I stand by that statement. Families have first and primary responsibility for their children. The private sphere of our homes and families deserves great deference in policy and in practice…but I believe our children are not our private property, they are not just extensions of ourselves. They are independent, individual beings,” she continued.
She went on to say that the ad “isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property.”
“This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple hundred years,” she added.
“Our kids who will inherit our nation belong to all of us,” she said, “and we have a collective responsibility to them. I hit a nerve with a 30-second promotional ad, and the nerve that I hit is connected to the central nervous system of our democracy, at the synapses of civic engagement is the electrical current that forges our more perfect union.”
The Blaze reported that Harris-Perry is auctioning the sweater she wore in the ad, with the proceeds going to the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit child advocacy organization.
The ad can be seen here.
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