The Melissa Harris-Perry slight against Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, Kieran Romney, lives yet another day. This time, she apologized again during her show Saturday, even getting emotional on the air.
Harris-Perry began her show reiterating her previous apologies and adding, “adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits. For that, I am sorry.”
You will recall Melissa Harris-Perry moderated a panel last Sunday that went after the Romney family photo, mocking the lack of diversity in the Republican Party by way of Kieran Romney, the only black member of their family. Harris-Perry’s comments were relatively harmless, but panelist Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” as the photo was introduced. Comedian Dean Obeidallah joked, “I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”
Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology continued: “Allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial adoption, because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny, or deserving of ridicule. On this program, we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families, it is one of our core principles. And I am reminded that when we do so, it must be with the utmost respect. We’re genuinely appreciative of everyone who offered serious criticisms of last Sunday’s program, and I am reminded that our fiercest critics can sometimes be our best teachers.”
While I don’t agree with Mitt Romney on much, I will reiterate that children are off limits. I don’t care which party their parents are affiliated with, but they should be left alone. That goes for conservative on-air personalities who continue to go after President Obama’s children. Leave them alone.