It takes a village to screw up a child

A bunch of people have sent me the video of a MSNBC promo where some woman named Melissa Harris-Perry says, in part: “We haven’t had a very collective notion of “These are our children”; so part of it is that we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities”.

First of all, I hesitate to draw attention to this because I think Ms. Harris-Perry is in witness protection. I assume that’s how anyone would end up on MSNBC. It’s the one place in the world where nobody will see you.

Second, if kids belong to the whole community does that mean the community gets a say before you have an abortion, Melissa? Or does this “your kid isn’t yours” philosophy only apply to educational decisions, and not matters of life and death? Oh, I see. You alone are judge, jury and executioner of your child, but the labels of “parent” and “educator” must naturally belong to the collective? Right. Makes sense. Maniac.

Third, tell you what. To any Statist left wing crackpot: you come to my house some time and try out your communal parenting theory. See how well that works out for you.

Fourth, it saddens me that it’s even necessary to clarify this, but such is the state of society. For the record, your kids are yours alone. Period. They don’t belong to the village, or the community, or your neighbors. And they most certainly don’t belong to that body to which neo-liberals are really referring anytime they use code words like “village”, “community”, or “neighbors”: the government.

Fifth, good parents, far from delegating their duties to the “community”, actually spend much of their energy undoing the damage the “community” has done to their children’s brains and moral compasses.

Sixth, just shut up with that nonsense already. Haven’t you creepy Marxist suicide cultists done enough damage for one century? Give us a break. It’s exhausting.

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4 Responses to It takes a village to screw up a child

  1. nblake says:

    I understand your concerns, and appreciate the voice you are for responsible parenting. However, unless you decide to never let your child outside of your home, your child becomes part of a village and associates with other people who all will play a role in her life, for good and for bad. Yes, as a parent, you try to make your role be the most central to her, but the world outside, and the villagers in it, will influence your child and be a part of the force that shapes her mind, her values and the way she experiences her life. Undo the “damage” you fear this community may do to your child, but why not also try to impact that community outside and build a better and more supportive community for your child, and all her peers, outside the homes that they eventually must leave?

    I have raised three children, and although I tried to be a foundation in their lives, there were many other “villagers” who helped shape them into the people they are today. As a teacher of hundreds of other children, every day I try to be a positive part of that village.

    • Cylar says:

      That’s precisely why you work to instill solid values in your kids at home….so the crap the world throws at them will bounce off, like a tennis ball hitting a brick wall.

  2. Holly says:

    If this is indeed the case, I know exactly the kids I will be whipping, taking away their cars, iphones, Abercrombie charge accounts and grounding indefinitely. Please do not bitch when I parent your children the way you should have been parenting all along.

  3. Kelsey says:

    Wait a second. Is this the same nutball who hung tampons from her ears to protest the abortion ban in Texas?

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