Oh, sweet Jesus. Bachmann signed a pledge saying black kids were better off as slaves??? UPDATE: Santorum signed it too

Come on, Michele. Come … on…

Baratunde, your witness:

I saw this headline about Bachmann signing some pledge calling for the ban of pornography. I thought, “Well, she just lost half her base.” Then I read the complete pledge and found that it is full of far more disturbing amazing language than just the porn reference.

For example, it binds the signer to oppose Sharia Law, because you know, that’s a huge threat in America right now. I recalled that I stopped buying hot dogs from the halal food cart outside my office because it always came with a side of Sharia Law, and don’t you just hate when Sharia Law spills all over your shoes? It’s so irritating!

The pledge also refers to something it calls “the intimate innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy.” This is the pledge-writers’ way of saying “children.” The “intimate fruit of conjugal intimacy” sounds like something an alien race studying humanity might say because where they come from, there is no such thing as sex. Here on planet Earth, we do have sex, and lots of it. Sometimes sex results in “children,” which is a word we have, also here on Earth.

The pledge was drafted by a group calling itself, “THE FAMiLY LEADER.” Yes, they purposefully do not capitalize the “i” in the name, which is infuriating on a whole different level.

But dude… what about the slavery part? What about THAT???

This pledge (PDF) is titled, “THE MARRIAGE VOW: A Declaration of Dependence Upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY.” See, they did the thing with the “i” again. These are extraordinarily annoying people.  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. Not everything they write is batshit crazy, just most of it. 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.


Oh for Chrissakes. Really? Sigh…

Over to you, Wapo:

Michele, you were doing so well! You established that you weren’t a flake! And now you go and sign a pledge that includes a statement that can be summarized “gee, slavery was terrible for slaves, but at least they grew up in two-parent households?” Right when everyone was about to stop suggesting you didn’t know history! There might have been two parents there, but that doesn’t really improve your family situation if the children are being treated like property. Do we really want to go down this path? I bet no one in slave plantations was addicted to online pornography either. And they had a lot of healthful outdoor exercise!

I don’t care what point you’re trying to make, if you see a sentence that starts “Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet” — run as far away from that sentence as you can, because it is going nowhere good.

We do have a marriage crisis. Being reared by two stable, loving, committed parents is an opportunity far too many children are denied, and this has a horrible impact, as the vow states. But there are ways of conveying this — and what a grave problem it is — without dragging in, say, slavery.

Jack and Jill? Bring it:

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.

But proving Bachmann may be crazier and more hardcore than Sarah Palin, she has.


Mother Jones has the NAACP’s response. Can a full-on Andrew Breitbart anti-NAACP meltdown be far behind?

And really, Ms. Bachmann. Wasn’t saying “Michael Steele, you be de man” enough???

UPDATE: But of course Rick Santorum signed on to the FAMiLY pledge, too. Why the hell not…

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11 Responses to Oh, sweet Jesus. Bachmann signed a pledge saying black kids were better off as slaves??? UPDATE: Santorum signed it too

  1. John says:

    Question, why do you and other libs spend so much time tearing down and destroying others who stand for liberty and freedom, but offer no true value to serving and helping others. Why? Because you are takers and not givers, and you follow your father, who was a liar from the beginning. Filled with venom, you seek to impose your sins on the righteous, but in the end you will fail, just as your father of lies will fail.

  2. Len says:

    Um, who’s my father?

  3. Rupert says:

    Really John? Our fathers were liars? That’s pretty pathetic.
    But hey, thanks for stopping by.

  4. jreid says:

    Um… John? I’m concerned. Your Fox News talking points are mixing with your religious zealot talking points, and the combined effect is making you sound crazy…

  5. Robyn Coburn says:

    Have you read the footnotes to the pledge? It’s mind boggling. I have read the report cited as the source for that bizarre assertion about slave children. In the 72 page report there is a mention of 1880′s extended families on page 8, and a mention of the Jim Crow era on page 45. At no time does the report make any statement to the effect that a child born in slavery in 1860 was more likely to be reared by his or her two parents than a contemporary African American child. The report is a review of literature from other studies about the what if any benefits there are to present day African Americans from being married, as compared to other family living arrangements, and why these might differ from benefits for white couples.

  6. Sonja says:

    Hey John? Two words: CAT scan.

  7. majii says:

    You have a lot of nerve coming here and making judgments about people you don’t even know. Liberty, freedom? You wouldn’t know it if it smacked you in your face. Whether people decide to have kids in or out of wedlock is liberty/freedom. That’s their choice in a democracy! Serving others? Takers? How is it that you know this? Where are the links to prove your assertions? Hey, buddy, I’m a black retired high school teacher who taught in GA where there are no teachers’ unions allowed for a modest salary for 33 years. I gave more back to society in one year of teaching than you probably ever will. You’re a nutjob who can’t form one independent thought on your own. Only a real tool would buy into rw talking points. I think you’re defending this “pledge” because you simply don’t know any better, and you have no clue of what life was like for enslaved black persons in this country. Furthermore, you have no idea of the effects of the enslavement of one’s ancestors on blacks in America today. For this “pledge” to use enslaved blacks to disparage President Obama and other blacks in this country is the height of hubris and smacks of racism. And, imo, anyone defending this mess shares similar qualities as its drafters and signatories.

  8. hilda banks says:

    Let us not forget all of the mixed race children born to poor slave mothers who had no choice but to give in to their white masters. If Strom Thurmond did today what he did to his daughter’s mother he would be under the jail. Do you think she had any choice, she was what maybe 16 and he was well into his 20′s when this happened. Oh, how I wish he’d been exposed earlier. Such a lying old hypocritical bastard just like most white folks who can find something wrong with everyone else but always think they know everything and are wrong about most things.

  9. Dick Peter Johnson says:

    I’m totally nude…I’ve gotta boner…and I gotta take a shit! …and that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter!

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  11. sly says:

    with a name like “dick Peter” it doesnt suprise me:)

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