Melissa Harris-Perry Slams Guest, Says Being Poor is ‘Risky’

MSNBC host gives vehement charge on social mobility

From Huffington Post.

On her MSNBC talk show, Melissa Harris-Perry flared up when a guest discredited public welfare, firing back with a passionate defense for the poor working class.

The topic was prompted by the show’s discussion on the book, “Why Americans Hate Welfare,” by Princeton professor Martin Gilens. Harris-Perry made the argument that feeling deserving of social mobility was the key to wealth. But when financial expert Monica Mehta suggested that class mobility is “enabled by taking risk,” Harris-Perry vehemently roared, “What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously?”

After slamming her hand on the table 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. 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.”

Read more at Huffington Post.

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  • BOBBY JONES IXTH

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  • Hunnicutt

    Monica Mehta was not only classist but out of line with her comments in her attempt to define the worthiness of welfare and stereotypical Black profile. When Melissa Harris-Perry posed the issues regarding social mobility, Monica responded with lack of credibility, solid research and/or any real evidence to support her position. Melissa’s passion and advocacy for the working poor and disadvantaged communities is precisely what is needed in those discussions and I am proud of her voice to the issues.