On Poverty: Melissa Harris-Perry's Moment of 'Eloquent Rage' [VIDEO]
A writer at the Crunk Feminist Collective reflected on MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry's highly-discussed display of angry this past Saturday in an opinion piece entitled At the Risk of Sounding Angry: On Melissa Harris-Perry’s Eloquent Rage.
The heated dialogue begins at 8:15 into the video. Harris-Perry later apologized for the passionate outburst in response to a panelist who spoke of risks taken by enterprise leaders, saying nothing is riskier than being poor in America. The discussion centered on Obama's "you didn't build that" speech. Here are her remarks:
"What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously! What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won't. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No! ...Being poor is what is risky! We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won't, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness."What do you think about Harris-Perry's remarks? Is she right?
Want to support Urban Cusp? These are some of things that you can do:1. Spread the word! Share this post via Facebook, Twitter, email, and word of mouth!
2. LIKE our Facebook fan page, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our email list.
3. Make an online contribution to help sustain our work. Consider doing this monthly.
4. Contact us for speaking/appearance requests and/or consulting services.