Sep 03, 2012 02:20 PM EDT
TV host Melissa Harris-Perry got extremely passionate at her show "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC on Saturday when she and her guests discussed about the issue of welfare.
Harris-Perry and her panelists were talking about the book "Why Americans Hate Welfare" when they started to engage on a heated conversation on how many Americans link their perceptions on welfare to African-Americans. Harris said the book found that Americans approve "Spending for the social good," but disapprove spending when it's labeled as welfare and that welfare recipients are undeserving.
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Harris lost her composure and started to raise her voice and gesture with her arms in frustration. Viewers said the have never seen the host so passionate.
"What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously! 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. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won't," Harris-Perry told her guests.
"I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No. There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. 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."
Most of the people commenting on the TV show's Facebook page praised Harris and agreed on how she handled the topic.
"This was the most raw, honest thing I have seen for a long time. Bravo Melissa," Julie Tisthammer wrote on Facebook.
" I am a 75 year old white woman who loves watching your show. Keep up the good work enlightening those of us who have never had to face the challenges of minority Americans," Donna Nunn-Matzeder wrote on Facebook.
"I watched this show and when I saw Melissa get passionate, I was so proud of her for telling it like it is...never seen her that passionate...," Linda Clark wrote on Facebook.
"I love how that Republican lady was smirking and smiling while Melissa angrily expressed reality in the USA. Republicans just see it is a joke, a game, something people bring unto themselves. Poverty, crime, discrimination is just a laughing matter to them," Randall Ballweg wrote on Facebook.
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