Apparently Melissa Harris-Perry got the lunatics going with this MSNBC ad.
For folks like Rush Limbaugh, this is Marxism personified. But it gave Melissa a chance to respond and knock it out of the park.
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.All I've got left to say is "bada-fucking-bing!"
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.
Its interesting that in the context of all that - First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago today to speak to a group of business executives about their responsibility to invest in protecting our children from violence.
According to the White House, Mrs. Obama will speak at a "Joint Luncheon Meeting: Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago," hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which will include members of Chicago's leading civic organizations: the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Executives' Club, and World Business Chicago.Sounds like this group of Chicago business leaders doesn't buy Rush Limbaugh's lunacy and are stepping up to take responsibility for the children of their city.
"Mrs. Obama will be urging Chicago's business leaders to invest in expanded opportunities for youth across Chicago's neighborhoods."...
"Chicago's businesses are partnering with social service professionals and community groups to make our neighborhoods safer for innocent children," said Wilson. "The current level of violence has been decades in the making and is unacceptable. It's time to fix this the Chicago way, working together."
Specifically, the business community challenge will support mentoring, intervention and conflict resolution programs, provide seed funding for new programs, and work to rebuild community supports in neighborhoods most impacted by violence.
From what I'm reading, the speech planned today by Michelle Obama will come from her heart and we all know from the past that she can profoundly touch ours when she does so. Stay tuned for this one!