This pledge is titled, “THE MARRIAGE VOW: A Declaration of Dependence Upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY.” … To their partial credit, their pledge opens by acknowledging that one cannot claim to defend marriage without focusing on the high divorce rate, broken families, infidelity and other challenges (besides THE GAYS) “threatening” traditional marriage. … To their discredit, the first bullet point is:
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.
This is the point at which my brain started to bleed from the anger + incredulousness + assault by batshittery.
Why stop at two-parent households? Let’s celebrate the free housing, healthcare and meal plan offered to every black slave! You know what else slavery did for black people? Exercise! Oh it was just great! We even got to work outside. Speaking of work, today, African-American unemployment is over 16 percent. In Milwauke, Wisc., over one-third of black men are unemployed. But during slavery times, every black man had a job! See, things were better in the past, and now things are bad. Ah, the good old days…
Also, way to rewrite history. Sure children were kept with parents… until a parent, or both parents were sold. Or the child was sold. But OMG SO MUCH BETTER FOR BLACK FAMILIES. Does this woman listen to the things issuing forth from her mouth? Who does she appeal to, exactly? The batsh-t insane, disconnected with reality contingent?
Somebody come tell me the tea Party isn’t racist again so I can get a really good laugh out of this bullshit. I had a ranty moment on Twitter about this & I still ranty enough to have another go. Here’s the thing about politicians romanticizing slavery, they actually have the power to disenfranchise folks to a point where even if they can’t overturn the 14th Amendment they can criminalize enough facets of life (see arresting women for miscarriages, the War on Drugs, racial profiling, differential sentencing, taking away the voting rights of convicted felons, and the push to use prisoners as cheap labor) and slap a paternalistic “It’s for their own good” label on removing agency from the lives of poor whites & POC. Add in the gutting of school systems, social safety nets, & the framing of discrimination as “protecting marriage/the American way of life/children etc.” and you have a recipe for disaster. Bachmann & Palin are the distraction. Time to focus on the actual danger inherent in their movement.