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MSNBC Host Sorry After Panel Mocks Romney’s Black Grandchild

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized over Twitter this morning after comments regarding Mitt Romney’s adopted, black grandchild.

Harris-Perry, along with her panelists, made light of a photo in which Romney, surrounded by his grandchildren, holds on to Kieran James Romney, a small boy adopted by Romney’s son Ben.

“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family,” tweeted Harris-Perry. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they [are] wrong for hurting. “Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them.”

Harris-Perry added that “as [a] black child born into large white Mormon family,” she can relate to the Romney’s, and “never meant to suggest otherwise.”

In the segment, panelist Pia Glenn sang, “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn’t the same,” in reference to the Romney family photo. Harris-Perry also added, “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the marriage between Kieran Romney and North West.”

Dean Obeidallah, another panelist in the segment, said the photo “really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention they find the one black person.”

Criticism of the segment came swiftly. Stuart Stevens, a consultant for Romney’s 2012 campaign, tweeted “”MSNBC has become a club where the smug go to exchange hateful opinions and reassure each other it’s acceptable.”

Sarah Palin also took the opportunity to voice her opinion. “It’s a beautiful thing the Romney family has done by embracing the spirit of adoption,”  she wrote on her Facebook page. “What on earth is more beautiful? Shame on MSNBC for mocking this.”

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Gary Bryan is an industrial marketing manager by daytime and political and social issues writer by night. You can also find his editorials at Mic.com.