Lean Forward! Your Children Belong To The Community!


Melissa Harris Perry

Somehow I missed this MSNBC gem from a few days ago. It’s a “Lean Forward” promo featuring Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry waxing eloquently about how our “children belong to the community” rather than their parents. In the minds of progressives, what is a community? It’s the state. It’s the government. That’s what she’s saying – that our children belong to the state.

We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always kind of had a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our 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 everybody’s responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments.

There are so many things wrong with this statement, where do you even start? How about with the notion that we aren’t investing enough in education spending. As of 2010, federal spending on education tripled (adjusting for inflation). So even if you do buy into this crazy notion that children belong to the state, you can’t say we aren’t investing in education, unless of course you’re arguing that more and more education funds are going to teacher benefits than actually educating the children.

H/T to Michigan