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Video: MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry airs a tearful apology to transracial adoptive parents

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During her weekend show on Saturday, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry again apologized to the Romney family, after featuring a photo of Mitt Romney with his adopted black grandson during a comedy segment of her show.

"Showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment. So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family," she said. "Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, 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. For that I am sorry."

Harris-Perry said that she identified with the photo and intended to say "positive and celebratory things" about it.

Harris-Perry also teared up as she apologized to transracial adoptive parents everywhere, declaring that interracial families were not in anyway funny or deserving of ridicule.

"I'm 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," she concluded.

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