30 Second Update – MSNBC Host says Your Kids Belong to the Community

I ran across the latest promo spot with Melissa Harris-Perry only to see it was be thumbs downed at a high ratio, after watching I see why.

This type of thinking is collectivist,  kids may be be part of the community, but they certainly don’t belong to anyone other then their creators.


Narrating a new MSNBC “Lean Forward” spot, the Tulane professor laments that we in America  “haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.” “[W]e 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 their communities,” Harris-Perry argued.

“Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments.” By “investments,” of course, Harris-Perry means things like spending “as much in public education as we should have.”

Of course, if as Harris-Perry holds,”[t]he cost to raise a child [is] $10,000 a year up to $20,000 a year,” and if children should be viewed as collectively “owned” by “society,” then taken to its logical extension, a woman’s choices about having a child should be informed by the economic considerations of the “community,” would it not? But of course, that logic would take someone to justify, for example, the “one-child” policy in Communist China.

What’s more, the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao. I bring that up because, as you may recall, another Harris-Perry “Lean Forward” spot contains a reference to a “great leap forward,” which calls to mind the disastrous agricultural reform plan which starved millions of Chinese to death in the 1950s.



  • vicki

    Really, Well, I wonder if the kids think they belong to the community. Just go on out there in the community and start to tell some of the kids out there what they should be doing…..about “Anything”, school,jobs,money,friends and tell em your just trying to help them because they are part of the community and they belong to “All” of us adults…HA….your going to have a bunch of kids that are going to say a bunch of things that you ARE NOT going to want to hear, I don’t know where Mellisa got her info, but either she has no children of her own (which is prob the case, or this is her attempt at helping, either way there are better ways to go at it. sorry Mellisa 🙁