MSNBC Host: Critics of Coworker's 'Kids Belong to Whole Communities' Claim Are 'Haters'

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | April 10, 2013 | 5:15 PM EDT

MSNBC host Chris Hayes has sprung to the defense of his coworker after she was criticized for making controversial remarks about children belonging to their community rather than to just their parents.

"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" MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry infamously said in a promo for the network.

Chris Hayes was displeased with the immense backlash Harris-Perry after making those comments.

Hayes first gives a suspiciously scant summary of the situation and highlights Harris-Perry's response to her critics. He frames the issue as Harris-Perry pushing for communities to help care for children while conservative critics are comparing that to communism. "Amen, Melissa, haters gonna hate," Hayes concludes.

It's interesting, of course, that Chris Hayes doesn't actually play the part of Harris-Perry's ad that has garnered all the criticism.

He doesn't show his audience exactly what it is that the conservatives he quotes consider communist-like. Instead he whitewashes Harris-Perry's insistence that kids don't belong to their parents but, instead, they belong to the collective.

Sorry to burst Hayes's bubble but people are not "haters" simply because they don't believe you, or the state, have any ownership of their children. In fact, it's the exact opposite. Given the horrifying nature of what collectivism has wrought across the globe, no loving parents ought to give their children up to it.

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