As soon as the George Zimmerman acquittal was announced, anchors at MSNBC lined up to give their reaction to the verdict. Melissa Harris-Perry gave an emotional reaction that just may have been over the top.
In her first statement on the verdict, Harris-Perry said this case is about race, and that “black families are holding their sons and daughters closer to them.”
“It feels very much as though it is saying it is acceptable, it is ok, to kill an unarmed African-American child who has committed no crime,” she said. “The criminal justice system has looked at the death of our child and said it simply does not matter.”
Shortly after, she appeared with a panel and explained her initial reaction.
“I think part of the reason I was having that reaction was because my 11-year-old is apparently — she’s home with her father — and she was watching, and texted me that she felt like there was no justice in America. And my big sister told me that her 12-year-old son had gotten in bed with them tonight,” Harris-Perry said, appearing emotional.
She spoke about the choice that African-American parents have to make about where to live: either in an African-American neighborhood plagued with crime, or in a nicer neighborhood where she inferred they would be racially profiled for living there.
“It begins to feel like there is no place that you can be, no choice that you can make, no home that you can buy, no place where you can put your kids in school that is safe,” she added.
H/T: The Blaze
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