Bachmann regrets pledge saying black families were better off during slavery than they are under Obama
Michele Bachmann and the FAMiLY LEADER have thought about it, and decided they didn't really mean that slavery was a good thing for black families.
After a dust-up when Bachmann signed the pro-marriage, anti-everything else pledge, the conservative Iowa group decided remove the ignorant passage from its pledge.
A campaign spokesman said Bachmann doesn't think it's true, either. So she either signed a pledge she didn't agree with, or signed a pledge she didn't read.
That Bachmann didn't read the section that's come under heat seems unlikely: It's the first bullet-point in the preamble.
"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."
By Saturday night, the FAMiLY LEADER had thought it over -- after 24 hours of getting crushed by pretty much everyone -- and decided to retract that part of the pledge. They released a statement to explain their decision.
"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. We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow."
This isn't much of an apology. Sorry about your "negative feelings" about slavery, black people.
Bachmann's campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said Bachmann only signed the "vow," part, not the preamble -- an interesting distinction for someone who talks so much about the Constitution. ("I never signed anything about 'a more perfect Union'!") Stewart explained to Politico that Bachmann thinks that slavery was "horrible," but that she thinks "economic enslavement is also horrible," which is a pretty smooth way to say whips-and-chains slavery is exactly like the capital gains tax and deficit spending.
Thus concluded Michele Bachmann's Emancipation Lamentation.
- Michele Bachmann makes bold play for black vote, claims she's better for blacks than Obama
Michele Bachmann pledges to ban "all forms of pornography" if elected president
- Bachmann flubs history of slavery and the Founding Fathers
- Michele Bachmann flunks slavery history again [VIDEO]
Michele Bachmann throughout American history
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.