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MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry got into a heated discussion about welfare and the misconceptions associated with the topic.
The discussion revolved around the new book titled “Why Americans Hate Welfare” by Princeton professor Martin Gilens.
The discussion revolved around the culture of dependence in America. Harris-Perry made her comments following a debate with a guest panel. Here is what she said:
“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 live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won’t. I’m sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No, there’s a huge safety net, that whenever you fail, we’ll catch you, and catch you, 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.”
The Video below shows the discussion and Perry’s passionate comments start around 8:50. Do you think she is right or wrong in her position on Wealthy and the Poor?