My commentary isn’t really required. Neal Boortz at Townhall breaks down comments over the weekend from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.
A couple days ago I posted about how the left and right use a common set of words but they mean different things to us than they do to them. I used “investment” and “charity” as examples. Melissa continues that theme, equating crime and violence with the state of being “poor.” And disassociating “risk” from anything other than direct bodily harm. She then goes on to conclude that the safety nets currently existing in America only protect the rich, while the poor have no safety nets and some must be created. Oh, and racism:
“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. There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. 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.”
And she’s serious.