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Bachmann Believes Black People Were Better Off During Slavery?

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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Bachmann Believes Black People Were Better Off During Slavery?

Bachmann Believes Black People Were Better Off During Slavery?
Michele Bachmann (Getty Images)

GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has signed a conservative pledge called "The Marriage Vow -- A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family." It's not surprising that it's anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage and anti-divorce. But one particular piece has everyone up in arms over the idea that she and other signatories think that black people were better off during slavery:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.

Do Bachmann and others who signed the pledge actually think we were better off without freedom and with all of the other emotional and physical horrors that accompanied being enslaved? We don't know, quite honestly doubt they care, and don't believe that's actually the point (and the very accuracy of the statement -- including whether living arrangements during slavery are what we'd consider "two-parent households" -- is a whole different conversation). 

What's actually disturbing here is the total willingness to invoke slavery -- as well as the current state of the black family -- to serve as a cheap emotional hook to promote a conservative agenda that has nothing more to do with African Americans than it does with anyone else (not unlike the infamous "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb" billboards).

So while Bachmann and others who sign this pledge will score points with racists who like the dig at black people as well as conservatives who like the underlying political ideology of "The Marriage Vow," the rest of us should focus not so much on what they believe about the state of the African-American family but on what they're willing to say about it to serve their own political ambitions

"Be who you are and say what you feel....
Because those that matter...
don't mind...
And those that mind... don't
matter."
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:54 PM
Santorum signed as well...
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Kaelansmom
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Sadly.. I am not surprised.. I also will not be surprised if someone in here defends that document.

stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:58 PM

They were better off after the civil war before Jim Crow. Without Jim Crow we would probably not have the issues we do today.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM
How were white families at that time? Less divorce? More two parent homes?? Yup...so why Bring up blacks and slavery?

Right, slavery wasn't all bad...and let's demonize blacks some more obviously can't handle themselves properly.....

Recruiting for storefront....they didn't lie when they said they are already in government
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rfurlongg
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:03 PM
IT... i wonder about the medias obsession with Bachman. I use to think she was irrelevant due to her extreme views. However, her constant media appearance and the amount of OP Ed written about her I have wonder if she is a real threat.
gigglyann87
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Every time someone votes for Bachmann, God will kill a kitten. 

chalisa0
by Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:07 PM

 She's an idiot.  Enough said. 

lil_mama06
by Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

That's insane...

PamR
by Ruby Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Do you think they really read these things that they sign?

mamak57
by Gold Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

 How did they find someone more out of the loop than the Half Baked Alaskan Barbie?

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