Oh let me let loose and vent like you know what. #Nerdland was attacked.
I’m reading Melissa Harris-Perry’s story about the conservative right had a bone to pick with her in regarding the Lean Forward commercial about children not only being the Parent’s responsibility, but also having the village holding accountable also. Obviously, those like Sarah Palin, and of all folks, Rush Limbaugh still don’t get the news about Melissa’s viewpoints. Oh what’s this? The right wingers like to stretch the baton and assuming their stance is so American. Nope. That just junk on the curb. And now, this Mark Levin is taking shots at Melissa all because of the ad that was geared towards raising children from a village stance.
Exactly what was the hub bub about? Look at this:
In Melissa’s defense, there was no hate in regarding this. And by the way, who is Mark Levin anyway? Some punk mid-carter GOP wannabe?! Melissa stated her opening story in her blog on MHPshow.com:
One thing is for sure: I have no intention of apologizing for saying that our children, all of our children, are part of more than our households, they are part of our communities and deserve to have the care, attention, resources, respect and opportunities of those communities.
Later on, she stated more examples of her point through her experiences and upbringing:
Then I started asking myself where did I learn this lesson about our collective responsibility to children. So many answers quickly became evident.
I learned it from my mother who, long after her own kids were teens, volunteered on the non profit boards of day care centers that served under-resourced children.
I learned it from my father who, despite a demanding career and a large family of his own, always coached boys’ basketball teams in our town.
I learned it from my third-grade public school teacher, who gave me creative extra work and opened up her classroom to me after school so that I wouldn’t get bored and get in trouble.
I learned it from the men who volunteered as crossing guards in my neighborhood even if they don’t have kids in the schools.
I learned it from the conservative, Republican moms at my daughter’s elementary school, who gave her a ride home every day while I was recovering from surgery.
I learned it watching the parents of Newtown and Chicago as they call for gun control legislation to protect all the children of our communities.
I learn it from my elderly neighbors who never complain about paying property taxes that support our schools, even if they have no children in the schools today.
And I have learned it from other, more surprising sources as well. I find very little common ground with former President George W. Bush, but I certainly agree that no child should be left behind. And while I disagree with the policies he implemented under that banner, I wholeheartedly support his belief that we have a collective national interest in all children doing well.
And the part of “Collective Responsibility”, real talk does count:
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.
I venture to say that anyone and everyone should know full well that my message in that ad was a call to see ourselves as connected to a larger whole. I don’t want your kids, but I want them to live in safe neighborhoods. I want them to learn in enriching and dynamic classrooms. I want them to be healthy and well and free from fear. I want them to grow up to agree or disagree with me or with you and to have all the freedom and tools they need to express what they believe.
And no hateful thing that you say to me or about me will ever change that I want those things for your children.
Can I get a witness?
I’m going to say that in my upbringing it wasn’t just my mother and father looking out for me. My late Grandparents, late Great-Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles, my older Sister, older cousins, next door neighbors, teachers, church pastors, church members, even if it was someone that knew my sister or grandparents backed me up. Or even if it someone that knew me for a long time like 20 years and older than me, same thing. This is one of the things that Melissa was getting across, but that didn’t sink in with the so-called conservative faithful who went off topic on her Facebook Page or Blog. They had to go with the fake demise full tilt about African-American Poverty, and I dare say, racism that they commented. Oh, did I forget that someone mentioned about Trayvon Martin had it coming when he was killed? What does Trayon Martin have anything to do with this? At the time of his death, Trayvon had parents that backed him up most of his 17/18 years. So I don’t know where that came from in the so-called Commentary. And don’t get me started on those YouTube videos who probably were just tag alongs with being against Melissa-Harris Perry in regarding this story. And I’ll bet they probably won’t admit it until it the casket drops. If you are part of the tag alongs: Let me sample Kevin Hart: You Gon Learn Today!
Callout: And plus all this talk about her taking kids is just pathetic. She has a daughter. DUH!!!
In the 1990’s when I had my High School coolness on with the High Top Fade Haircut, this notion of a message always came up: It takes a village. In my church back in the same decade, they used the moniker, It takes a village to raise a child. Many of those us who were around at the time also used it like a badge of honor. Some of us stopped using it. I say bring it back! After all, are they (children) citizens also? In regarding the village comments, it wasn’t just Mommy and Daddy! It took a community or neighbors to look out for folks like me. And no, not everyone in Milwaukee knew my name, race, status, etc. I get it. But if someone spotted me of whatever for a lookout sense, and knows me personally, end of story. Nothing else.
Callout: Folks who trip on this need to kick rocks. Seriously.
This shouldn’t be a Conservative, Liberal, Progressive, Moderate, Forward thinking, Backward thinking, stuck in the basement mentality. This is a HUMANITY issue. No politics with children should not be required. And to the Conservative folks who don’t believe this, it’s like peace. Either you live, or rest in it. And that also is a throwback from the 1990’s.
GET YOUR LIFE!
- Melissa Harris-Perry doesn’t want to steal your children (salon.com)
- Melissa Harris-Perry responds to criticism of her new ad (thegrio.com)
- There Is Nothing Controversial About Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC Promo (kstreet607.com)
- Caring for children: Share your story (tv.msnbc.com)
- Why caring for children is not just a parent’s job (tv.msnbc.com)
- Melissa Harris-Perry Responds To Limbaugh, Palin, Beck With Simple Bible Reference (mediaite.com)