Melissa Harris-Perry, thanks for heart-felt apology! Still wondering why photo was chosen for comedy segment

I was very angry at what Harris-Perry did to former Governor Mitt Romney and his adopted black grandson last week. I went after her hard because I am tired of the Democrat left playing on racism through jokes and innuendos to craft a hated response toward Americans that do not agree with the liberal agenda.

Well Harris-Perry opened her show segment with an apology and choked up response to Romney, who is scheduled to address this tomorrow during interview on FOX Sunday morning.

This was the little man at the steps of Harris-Perry’s panel jokes. Does her apology clear up the matter or should be still be fired?


MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: Good morning. I’m Melissa Harris-Perry. We have a lot of news and politics to discuss this morning. Before we get to that, I’m going to start with an apology.

Last Sunday, we invited a panel of comedians for a year in review program. It’s what we call our look back in laughter. But in one of the segments, we looked at a number of photos that caught our attention over the course of the year. In that segment, I asked my guests to provide kind of off the cuff ideas for captions of the photos that we were seeing. Among the images we aired was one of the Romney family that showed Governor Mitt Romney’s grandchildren, including his adopted grandson, who’s African-American.

Now given my own family history, I identify with that picture and I intended to say positive and celebratory things about it, but whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive. And showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment.

So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family. Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy. But their families, and especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits, and for that I am sorry.

Also, allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial adoption, because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny or deserving of ridicule. On this program we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families. It is one of our core principles, and I am reminded that when we are doing so, it must always be with the utmost respect.

We’re generally appreciative of everyone who offered serious criticisms of last Sunday’s program, and I am reminded that our fiercest critics can sometimes be our best teachers.

What I don’t really understand bringing on comedians and then showing that specific photo. That wasn’t addressed during the apology. “Intention was not malicious” is what she said. I will take her at her word on this apology but with her history of how she attacks the left it remains to be seen just how sincere she was.

Leave your comments below

[polldaddy poll=7690652]

Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

Leave a Comment