In Iowa, there’s a social conservative pledge called “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family” that is anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage, anti-divorce etc etc that GOP candidates are being urged to sign. It’s got some pretty rigid-sounding stuff, but there’s also this extra-special piece:First of all, I don't really care about Michele Bachmann. That's why I don't burst a blood vessel whenever she gets on TV and does her really bad Sarah Palin impression.
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.
Given that families were broken up regularly for sales during slavery and that rape by masters was pretty common, this could not be more offensive. I mean, putting aside the statistics on this, which are likely off-base, I could not be more angry. When will Republicans inquire with actual Black people whether or not we’re ok with invoking slavery to score cheap political points? It has to stop. It is the opposite of persuasive and is another reason Republicans repel us. It’s hard to believe that Michele Bachmann would be foolish enough to sigh this pledge.
~ Jill Tubman from Jack & Jill Politics
White folks, you don't know dick about slavery. Stop bringing it up; that's for POC to do. You just can't get it right, for reasons I have no problem stating: You're all deeply uncomfortable with the fact your ancestors were not mentally ill or morally ignorant when they killed off the Native Americans and enslaved many Africans. They knew better; they simply chose to ignore their conscience and wrote laws to defend that choice. They enjoyed and took pride in the subjugation of others. They beat, raped, and murdered other human beings, and they did so with pleasure. America literally had to go war with itself to end slavery, and even when the laws were passed, the abuse towards POC in this country didn't end, not even now. That's why you all claim to be Irish or Italian or Pretendian, or some super-innocent combo of all three. You don't want to think about what really lives in your blood.
You don't want to face the fact that simply passing laws didn't magically change the white American attitude towards POC; you didn't become enlightened overnight because some politician signed a piece of paper. You don't want to think about how the more rights and equality POC gained in this country, the more you retreated to all-white towns. In fact, so many of you crawled so far away that even in the 21st Century, some of are you are grown-ups meeting POC for the very first time.
You don't know your history because you don't want to know it. That's one inconvenient/unfortunate truth you simply refuse to even attempt handling. And the biggest irony is that you won't even live long enough to repeat it. You've amassed quite a few enemies across this fair globe of ours, and unlike you...they know you. The first rule of war is to know the enemy, and white American ignorance is perhaps unparalleled on this planet. All you know are the self-serving fictions you've created to comfort yourselves as the world continues to progress and change *gasp* without your permission. You don't know yourselves, much less other people. But they know you.
So I'm not worried. While Shelly B gets reamed for her latest bout of BS, I'm going to focus on the Benjamin Gerard Hawkins sitch. He's my new personal hero, and I don't think he should serve a single damn day in prison.
Ankhesenologists, back to you.