Tuesday, April 09, 2013

An Open Challenge to Melissa Harris-Perry

"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 everyone’s responsibility, and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments."

Here is the video just to make sure nothing is misquoted or taken out of context:

Now, if Miss Harris-Perry, if you truly believe that it takes a village to raise a child, not a single, stable family unit that for centuries has proven to be far more beneficial than what you are proposing, you are more than welcome to change soiled pants, clean children up when they are sick, sit for hours in doctors' offices, make kids eat their vegetables, get them ready for school, pay for that school, help them with their homework, teach them how to swim, make Halloween costumes- basically do all the dreary, messy things that parents do each and every single day without payment or praise. If you are going to reduce parents to mere custodians without the "privilege" of imparting values, manners and morals on their own offspring then do your "fair share", as well. Earn the right to be a busybody at the very least.

The Khmer Rouge thought it took a village to raise a child, too.

1 comment:

Patrick Dennehy said...

Prolific posting this week! I couldn't keep up :D

I will read through them today and comment :)