In a segment of the Melissa Harris-Perry show this morning on MSNBC, this interaction was notable and refreshing.
The rich are always coming up with reasons to sound envious of the poor, as if the poor are getting everything and leaving nothing for the rich.
As if the rich take all the risk and the poor have no skin in the game.
That’s just such obvious propaganda. We shouldn’t stand for it.
And Melissa didn’t. Good for her.
Watching Melissa Harris- Perry go off on her show on MSNBC was like something from Aaron Sorkin's News Room, except it was real. After months of paperwork, she and her husband had just purchased a dilapidated house damaged from Katrina across the street from their own home with the intention of renovating it for the benefit of their neighborhood; but hurricane Issac leveled it and I feel sure that that was no small part of her frustration. That and a week of RNC lies and dog whistles were more than she could contain and she had no choice but to stand up and defend what she knew to be true. It was a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.
Indeed I should have thought to link that because as I watched Melissa as this incident aired, I was thinking of the story she had done about that house across the street, and it does add considerable visual and emotional context:
It's sad to think of the story that's sure to come about what happened to that house during Isaac, but I can already tell you that she will be less worried about her own loss and more worried about those to whom the same thing happened but who didn't have insurance and who were actually living in the house it happened to.
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