Right wing group withdraws slave language from marriage pledge Bachmann signed

When they or their parents weren't being sold off to other plantations, beaten or raped, the FAMiLY Leader says slave kids had it pretty good!

Well that didn’t take long. A conservative group that put out a marriage pledge saying slave kids had it better than black kids today, because at least they had a mother and father … gulp … has withdrawn the language. Too bad Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum already signed on to the old language.

From Politico’s Maggie Haberman:

A social conservative Iowa group has retracted language regarding slavery from the opening of a presidential candidates’ pledge, amid a growing controversy over the document that Michele Bachmann had signed and Rick Santorum committed to.

The original “marriage vow” from the Family Leader, unveiled last week, included a line at the opening of its preamble, which suggested that black children born into slavery were better off in terms of family life than African-American kids born today.

“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,” read the preamble.

But this evening, amid growing questions aimed at Bachmann, Family Leader officials said they’d removed the slavery language from the preamble.

“After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man,” the group’s officials said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.”

Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann both committed to the pledge, and Bachmann was the first candidate to return the signed document, according to Family Leader officials.

So how does Team Bachmann clean this up, after standing by the pledge despite the controversy this past week? Well… about that …

A Bachmann spokeswoman said earlier Saturday that reports the congresswoman had signed a vow that contained the slavery language was wrong, noting it was not in the “vow” portion.

“She signed the ‘candidate vow,’ ” campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said, and distanced Bachmann from the preamble language, saying, “In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible.”

Um… Michele? You just compared, what I’m assuming is Obama and Democrats’ economic policies to slavery. You really just did that. Jesus, take the wheel.

According to a Family Leader spokeswoman told Politico:

“We came up with the pledge and so we had no idea that people would misconstrue that,” she said. “It was not meant to be racist or anything. it was just a fact that back in the days of slavery there was usually a husband and a wife…we were not saying at all that things are better for African-American children in slavery days than today.”

She said she was “not at liberty to say” whether they’d heard from any of the campaigns to complain about the language. But she said that among the people the group had heard from was an African-American pastor, who opposed it.

So, it took a black pastor to tell these people that saying slave kids were better off than, well, anybody, ever in history, when they lived under a system where they and their parents were sold off like cattle, at will, the bonds of mother and father, husband and wife weren’t just not standard, they were in a fundamental sense illegal, and the idea that these kids were raised by the mother and father is absurd on its face — somebody had to TELL these people that would be offensive??? Really??? Wow.

Meanwhile, the spokeswoman said another candidate had directly contacted them about supporting the pledge, but she “was not at liberty” to say who. My money’s all the way on Rick Perry, because if it’s Newt Gingrich, well that would just be too ironic.

So what is it about right wingers and slavery? Why do they bring it up so often, to oppose abortion, as Rick Santorum and other anti-abortion zealots do on the regular, often with references to the Dred Scott Supreme Court case; or to rail against healthcare reform, or taxes, as tea partiers got into the habit of doing in 2009:

And why, despite this fixation with comparing things they don’t like to slavery, do right wingers simultaneously all-but deny slavery’s existence when talking about this country’s founding (or twist that history as Bachmann did earlier this year) and especially about the civil war?

What is that about?

On an up-note, for David Vitter, Clarence Thomas and Newt, among others, the Family Leader did not withdraw the porn language. Ahem.

Related (h/t to @AngryBlackLady): a former fundamentalist decodes the marriage vow.

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5 Responses to Right wing group withdraws slave language from marriage pledge Bachmann signed

  1. Sabreen60 says:

    WOW ! Every time I think these people have gone as low as they could possible go, they prove me wrong.

  2. pat says:

    HOPEFULLY, they will keep it up and out themselves, so even the dull and the ignorant, can grasp it!

  3. PK says:

    While I understand the complete lack of sensitivity shown in this document, I do think that issue of single parent households in the black community is the great ” elephant in the room”, that no one will address. It’s the new third rail of politics due to the pc language/accusations that come from showing or outlining the truth to try and look for answers to the very real issues facing American black society. How do we have an honest discussion if you can’t discuss the facts? In no way were children better off under slavery, but that isn’t really the point of the language. The point is that more children are now born into single parent households. Before you attack the point of single parent households as not being a healthy environment, please check your facts.

  4. Florence Goodwin says:

    There’s no denial that single parent households as a rule would be worse off than those of 2-parent families. No one disputes that.

    However – there absolutely is no debate as to how ignorant and obnoxious the statement of Bachmann and the ilk ascribe to regarding those African Americans children born during slavery..,.

    To argue the ridiculous is ridiculous.

  5. borninchains says:

    First of all, I a tired of being called African American. I am an American, I was born in America. The only difference between me and Buchmann is the color of my skin and she is an oppressor. In any country they dont see color they see America. On 9/11 when those towers where bombed and people of all races were impacted in America. They wanted to destroy America, not whites, not blacks, not mexicans, not indians not anyone but Americans. Instead of constantly bickering about dumb shit that dont matter, we need to come together as a country before we fall as a country like Rome, like Britian, like Germany. I say that in a since of, who once were the great powers of Europ. America is the only dumb ass country that is still divided within. Lets get our shit together. African Americans, Native Americans, China and India have forgiven the white eye for all the evil they have brought upon the world. They did not only enslave African but every culture. They are evil and they continue to have this imperialistic attitude but claim to no GOD. How can you hate your brother whom you see but love God whom youhave not seen….Who are you really. Leave President Obama. He represents change and that white and black can unit. We have had 43 presidents before him who have done some dirty shit. Quite haten on the brother and help lift him up. Blacks have dont nothing to whites, leave us the hell alone….damn

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