Dear Commons Community,
Melissa Harris-Perry, an MSNBC host had harsh words for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday. The MSNBC host took issue with a series of controversial ads, paid for by the city, that target teen pregnancy.
In the public health campaign, photos of young toddlers are paired with text that many have criticized as shaming young parents. In one ad, a toddler is shown with tears streaming down his face. “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen,” the ad reads.
Another one says: “If you finish high school, get a job, and get married before having children, you have a 98% chance of not being in poverty.”
“That is the kind of misleading statistic that might lead some people to blame young mothers for America’s deepening poverty crisis rather than putting the blame where it belongs, on a financial system that concentrates wealth at the top and public policies that entrench it there,” Harris-Perry said.
Good for you, Melissa!