Let me start by saying Melissa Harris-Perry was dead wrong for going in on Little Bla—er Kieran Romney and the photo he shared with his grandfather and cousins. However, the fact that people are making such a fuss about that Nerdland segment is a bit disconcerting to me. To be completely honest, it seems like yet another example of the media and society trying to take an uppity negress down a notch. Prior to this incident, Melissa Harris-Perry has never been one to insert herself into drama. Folks across the nation tune into see her passionate rants and well-rounded panels that cover a range of issues including criminalization of poverty, trans* rights and natural hair in the black community. MHP is a role model for black women and scores of others across this country, myself included. I’ve had the privilege of seeing her speak and she is arguably one of the greatest minds of this generation. Not to mention, she is a down-to-earth person that stopped to talk with my friends and I and posed for pictures despite all of the other people that were clamoring for her attention. But, I’m not writing this post to kiss her ass. My point is MHP fucked up and she acknowledged said fuck up by genuinely apologizing in front of everyone. She didn’t release a water down statement or non-apology. She put on her big girl panties, owned up to her mistake and Mitt Romney accepted her apology. So to all the naysayers and witchhunters calling for her head, keep hating. MHP will prosper and she has my support.
I stand with Melissa Harris-Perry.