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Flashback: Melissa-Harris Perry Says Children Belong To The Government

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If you don’t know who Melissa Harris-Perry is, you’re among the vast majority of Americans. But if you’re familiar with the ex-MSNBC host, and you’re not a racebaiting leftist, you’ll enjoy Derek Draplin’s look back at some of MHP’s dumbest moments.

Derek missed a big one, though, and it’s probably my favorite piece of MSNBC video ever. It really condenses everything that’s wrong with that whole channel into 30 amazing seconds:

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.’ 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. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.”

Kids belong to whole communities? I’ll bet Jared Fogle loves that idea.

Besides, I didn’t realize kids belonged to anybody. They’re human beings. You can’t own them, right? Didn’t Lincoln put an end to that whole deal?

As Mark Levin pointed out when this promo first started airing, the idea that children belong to the government — or as MHP euphemizes, “whole communities” — comes straight out of The Communist Manifesto:

Either nobody at MSNBC realized that Harris-Perry was spouting Marx & Engels fanfic, or they thought it was a great idea.

Regardless, she’s no longer with the network. It turns out that even at MSNBC, you can’t publicly accuse your bosses of racism and expect to keep your job. Weird, right?

If it’s any consolation, Melissa, America will never forget you. Because America never heard of you in the first place.