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01 September 2012 @ 06:31 pm
A Few Holiday Links  
Melissa Harris-Perry puts the smack down on Monica Mehta who tries to talk about rich people who took risks while Harris-Perry is doing a segment on the racist way welfare has become associated with "lazy African-Americans." (Note that the majority of recipients are white.)



“What is riskier than living poor in America?” Harris-Perry demanded. “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.”

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