“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.”
Michele Bachmann’s foot, meet Michele Bachmann’s mouth. Read more excerpts from the “Marriage Vow” she signed, along with action pics, here.
We must coin a phrase for the clusterfuckededness that ensues when someone presents something that’s true which they shouldn’t have presented the way they’ve presented it.
In the political arena, eloquence and poignance are losing games. Cut, paste, syntax, inflection— Too, truth is truth whether the messenger has a black eyed peas t-shirt on or not. The problem with this statement is that Bachmann’s words imply there was something redeeming about slavery—I’ll grant her many benefits of doubts, but this is particularly dangerous rhetoric since so many of her supporters are of the school that believes in some golden age in our country’s adolescence when things were better for all, you know, before everything ‘got all messed up and 9/11 happened.’ There is no such golden age in any part of history unless you are a racist and your race was winning. Movies like Driving Miss Daisy and The Blind Side do not count in history, nor does the existence of, and continued success of the Benetton-eyed peas. Bachmann’s statement ironically omits even a nod in the direction that slavery and the shoddy reconstruction that proceeded in it’s wake have helped create a 2011 in which a great percentage of African-Americans are reared in broken homes. Bachmann’s “yet” is the most problematic word in the entire passage because it softens slavery, from all of its deplorability, into an option for comparison, be it only for comparison’s sake or not. Imagining this heavy reference would sit and behave itself as she attempted to suggest Barack Obama cannot protect black babies like she can, she awoke at least a million people to her poor taste—what’s frightening about the document is that it isn’t a hacked email or a dug-up diatribe from her undergraduate years. She sat down with a smarter person and wrote some incendiary words that likely read as the average between her heart and what she thinks her FOX obsessed constituency would be down with.
She used slavery here like it was the deficit or even a smallish ulterior-motive-war. Here she has only proved to be decent at math, and terribly insensitive to our nation’s embarrassing past and subsequently gamey present. She is the hundred millionth person to misunderstand that the legacy of slavery and “othering” is in many and most cases entirely irreversible. What is maddening about the Michele Bachmann’s of the world is that they can hold a set of data like this and not feel overwhelmingly that God is telling them to ‘re-open’ reconstruction so to speak (since it is always being struck down) by supporting what are largely democratic social programs. Instead, God tells these people that all those people they don’t know and will never understand are siphoning pennies from their savings to buy spiced rum and ky-jelly. In their history books, Columbus was charming, the playing field was even by 1965, and one example of a single black mother who is a horrible person is enough to warrant the universal nullification of federal alms.
(sent from my pocket)