Slavery + Rape = Two-Parent Households, According to GOP

Presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum both recently signed a pledge that had been authored by a conservative Christian group called Family Leadership. Among the things listed in this pledge were promises to work to end same-sex marriages, stop pornography (which by the way violates the First Amendment), and a statement that promoted slavery as something positive. Here is what this pledge said: “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.”


Now, in all fairness to Family Leadership, they’ve removed the passage, but let me briefly explain something to anyone who did not comprehend what this meant, or does not have a working understanding of history. In 1662, the then colony of Virginia passed a law that said the status of a child as a slave was determined by the status of the mother. This law, which would be adopted by all slave-owning colonies and then slave-owning states, meant that if a woman was a slave, and she had a child, it was also a slave, and the property of the mother’s owner. This led to more than two centuries (which is two hundred years, for those of you with no math skills), of slave owners repeatedly raping their female slaves in order to maintain a stock of slaves. The raping of slave women became even more prevalent in the 1800s, when Congress banned the importation of slaves from Africa in 1808. Think about this – the only way to acquire a fresh stock of slaves between 1808 and the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 was for slave women to have slave children.

If we are to believe the claim of Family Leadership that “a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household,” then we must look at one simple fact. The vast majority of children born into slavery between 1808 and 1863 were the children of slave owners. Dad was a slave owner, who more often than not, raped mom, a slave, and begat a slave baby. This is the little piece of history being left out of Family Leadership’s ludicrous assertions.

I recently said that anyone who believes what Family Leadership is saying should have their mothers, daughters and sisters raped. This was misconstrued as my advocating the rape of women. What I was saying was that anyone who believes in the claims of Family Leadership is someone who does not understand the reality of American history, slavery, and the toll it took on the black family. I assert that unless you can understand the true picture of what happened to black people during slavery, then it should happen to you and your family. If you think black children were better off having been born of rape and then raised as slaves, often times with their parents being sold off to other plantations, then I believe you should experience the same thing, and then see how you feel about it. And again, this does not mean I advocate rape or enslavement of other human beings. But this does mean that I demand uniformed and ignorant people shut their mouths until they look at the big picture and understand what is really going on.

To reiterate…if you believe that in fact black children were better off during slavery because they were more likely to have been raised in a two-parent household, then you are IN FACT saying that you support a system in which a slave woman could be raped, and then have a child that was property of the man who raped her, period. There is no grey area here, folks. Either you support the rape and enslavement of a people or you don’t. And if you do, chances are it is because it has never happened to you and yours, to which I say, it should. Then, hopefully, you will think before opening your mouth and allowing uniformed stupidity to flow freely.

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