The pledge from Iowa's conservative FAMiLY LEADER group that Bachmann signed yesterday is full of all kinds of wacky stuff -- Shariah law! Porn! Protect soldiers from showering with gays! -- but nothing more absurd than the clause about black family life.
Not only is the statement that black families were more stable during slavery than today ridiculous and insulting on its face, it's also already been proved inaccurate.
In a section of the pledge meant to show that marriage is in a "crisis," the first bullet point reads:
"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."Even for Bachmann, this is shockingly ignorant. Let's parse.
"African-American families"? As in the families that were broken up and sold to different slave owners?
"Two-parent"? Like the female slave and the white master who raped her?
"Household"? Do you mean the wood shacks out back where slaves lived?
It's also not even true. The statement is footnoted to an academic paper called "The Consequences of Marriage for African Americans: A Comprehensive Literature Review."
Nate Silver actually went and read the paper, and then tweeted:
The "source" for the dubious statistic in pledge Bachmann signed comes from here. It refers to 1880-1910, not slavery. http://t.co/l5iR8WA
Oops. So, the pledge Bachmann signed was hugely insensitive, culturally ignorant and provably wrong. Yeah that sounds about right.
Download and read the whole crazy pledge request by clicking here.