On MSNBC last night, host Christopher Hayes defended his network colleague Melissa Harris-Perry after she was criticized for her controversial comments about raising children.
“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a private notion of children, your kid is yours and totally your responsibility,” Harris-Perry said in an MSNBC promotional video. “We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is 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.”
The advertisement received heavy criticism from prominent conservatives including Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and several commentators on FOX News.
Harris-Perry responded to her critics on her blog explaining that she had no intention of apologizing for her comments.
Hayes called Harris-Perry’s response “truly remarkable and amazing” calling it the “third awesome-ist thing on the internet” of the day.
“Melissa responded to the conservative distortions with a epicly measured, generous blog, that read in part, ‘Of course, parents can and should raise their children with their own values in a community that provides safe places for children to play. No individual household can do that alone. We have to build that together.’”
“Amen, Melissa,” Hayes cheered. “Haters gonna hate.”