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Letter: MSNBC disgusting for mocking Romneys' black grandson

Published January 4, 2014 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

MSNBC has stooped to a new low — mocking the Mitt Romney family for including an adopted African-American child in a family photo ("MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologizes for attack on Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson," NY Daily News, Dec. 31). The "joke" is that the infant is the only black child in the photo and this singularity is emblematic of Republicans generally.

So what would MSNBC have said had the Romneys excluded the black child from the photo? Such "jokes" are deeply offensive to our family, which includes four such children. Why is the child's race even a matter of note?

This disturbing episode reveals the rotten stench of political correctness, which MSNBC pretends to decry.

A family that reaches out to an unwanted child of any description should be praised, not ridiculed. Children of every shade need parents. The callousness of MSNBC in ridiculing the Romneys is astonishing in that Barack Obama, oft touted as the first "post-racial" president, was raised by a white family.

Who anointed these people to establish public mores?

Scott Clark

Cottonwood Heights