MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry nearly broke down in tears in the wee hours of Sunday morning while describing her reaction — and the reaction of her 11-year-old daughter — to the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman.

After a fellow anchor referenced Harris-Perry’s initial comments that black parents will need to hold their children a little closer following the jury’s decision, she became emotional.

“I think part of the reason I was having that reaction was because my 11-year-old is apparently — she’s home with her father — and she was watching, and texted me that she felt like there was no justice in America. And my big sister told me that her 12-year-old son had gotten in bed with them tonight,” she said, her voice cracking and appearing to fight back tears.