Melissa Harris-Perry ‘What is riskier than living poor in America?’


Melissa Harris-Perry ‘What is riskier than living poor in America?’

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry got passionate on Saturday morning when a guest on her show suggested that entrepreneurs who start new business are not afraid of taking big risks in their lives, compared to the poor people who never succeed.

“It does feel to me [that] part of the American story is class mobility. If there is no class mobility, we are not America, right?..And data now shows that in our current moment, class mobility is very low,” Harris-Perry said. “I just feel like, from the bottom, you have to be able to say, ‘I deserve the ability for class mobility.'”

“What is riskier than living poor in America?” she said angrily. “Seriously? What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America. I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I love in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kids into a school because maybe it’ll be a good school and maybe it won’t.”

Harris-Perry, who lives in New Orleans, pounded the desk on the MSNBC set.

“I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky,” she said. “No! There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch and catch you. Being poor is what is risky! We have to create a safety net for poor people and when we won’t because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness. We cannot do that!” 9/04/2012

Melissa Harris-Perry is quickly gaining popularity among progressives, a regular on The Rachel Maddow Show, she now has her own show weekends at 10:00 AM.

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