Governor Mitt Romney has accepted the apology of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry after she participated in a panel that mocked his family Christmas card that showed him holding his adopted grandchild, who is African-American. “People make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake and they apologized for it,” said Romney in an interview with FOX News. He also said it was time to move on from the issue. Although Romney has done many things worth poking fun at during his campaign for President of the United States, having an adopted black child is not one of them. Although she simply introduced the photo and asked the panel for possible captions, the point is, that the issue should never have been brought up in the first place.
Some of the captions that were brought up were “one of these things is not like the other” and the photo “really sums up the diversity of the Republican party.” A day before Romney’s interview with Fox News, the MSNBC host made a apology amidst tears on the channel. “Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, of that segment, was poor judgment. So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family,” said Perry. It isn’t so much that she made fun of Romney. That is perfectly acceptable. However, the way that the panel went, it seemed as if the hidden message was that it was unusual and perhaps even contrived, for Romney to have an African-American grandson.
Perry has an interracial background herself. Her father was African-American while her mother was white. However, part of the problem is that race is still being brought up. There should be no discussion of whether someone is white, black or any other race, because calling attention to someone’s race simply magnifies the problem. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off limits, and for that I am sorry,” Melissa Harris-Perry said. As for Mitt Romney, he said he is willing to forgive. “People like me are fair targets. If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming,” Romney said. “For children, that’s beyond the line. I think they understand that and feel that, as well.”
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