Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2013

Melissa Harris Perry says promo was ‘benign’ and stands by statement and collective’s ability to ‘impinge on individual freedoms’

Melissa Harris-Perry doubled down on Saturday into the weeklong controversy about her MSNBC promo which implied children were property of the community, not the individual families.

Harris-Perry became the target of relentless conservative attacks for the ad and her statement “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 their communities.”

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On his MSNBC show, Chris Hayes estimated that the 30-second promo had, when you added it up, been covered for over an hour on Fox News during the week—even though it was aired for just a total of four minutes on MSNBC.

Harris-Perry said she thought the spot had been “relatively benign” as she assured viewers that she did not intend to steal their children from them. But she stood by her statement.

“I believe our children are not our private property,” she said. “They are not just extensions of ourselves.”

“This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids,” she said. “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.”

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