I read some Tinderbox threads but rarely post and have never started one, but I felt the urge to on this because it hit a nerve.
That is a link discussing her apology and is also accompanied by a video of the segment.
Anyway, considering the Megyn Kelly/Santa thing had 73 replies I was surprised that this did not have a thread. In Kelly's case she was making idiotic comments about the race of a fictional character. In Melissa Harris-Perry's case she and her panel were using race to mock living, breathing human beings. I know they were attempting to be funny regarding a politician they do not like but it was pretty disgusting.
I am not someone easily offended either. In fact, singling out children, specifically adopted children, is one of the very few lines where crossing them pisses me off. This is probably because I have worked with kids for fifteen years and had many adopted children, as well as foster children come through my care. These kids want, need, and crave someone who will love them. There are so many of them and so few that are willing to take them in. The race of the child and/or adopted family should not matter one bit, regardless of what people think of the chlid's adopted grandfather.
It is hard enough for parents to decide to adopt. It must be much more difficult when it comes to adopting a child of a different race, regardless of the race of the parent/child. Ignorant comments would be expected from Duck Dynasty guy and those of his ilk but now these parents, as well as those considering such adoptions have to see the "liberal" network mocking such an adoption? Imagine if it had been a FOX show where such segment has occurred.
Then at the end of it she teases the next segment by saying they would look back at things and say "Hey, was that racist?" I do not know if she was trying to be ironic, but wow.
I am glad that Harris-Perry apologized but the photo should have never been used and she sure as hell should have shut down the panel when the conversation went down that path.