MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry nearly broke down in tears in the wee hours of Sunday morning while describing her reaction — and the reaction of her 11-year-old daughter — to the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman.
After a fellow anchor referenced Harris-Perry’s initial comments that black parents will need to hold their children a little closer following the jury’s decision, she became emotional.
“I think part of the reason I was having that reaction was because my 11-year-old is apparently — she’s home with her father — and she was watching, and texted me that she felt like there was no justice in America. And my big sister told me that her 12-year-old son had gotten in bed with them tonight,” she said, her voice cracking and appearing to fight back tears.
She went on to claim that African-American parents have two options: either live in an African-American neighborhood where black-on-black crime is high, or move to a nicer neighborhood where such families can be “profiled and potentially victimized by violence by those who will see them as not belonging there.”
“It begins to feel like there is no place that you can be, no choice that you can make, no home that you can buy, no place where you can put your kids in school that is safe,” she added.
She then went on to compare it to the feeling families in the Newton massacre must have felt: “There is no safe place to be.”
You can watch those remarks below:
And here are Harris-Perry’s initial comments, where she says one of the ways “we know this is about race” is because “black families are holding theirs sons and daughters closer to them” in fear: