Posted 12 July 2011, by Brock Keeling, SFist, sfist.com
Avowed racist Rep. Michele Bachmann, the GOP presidential candidate, signed an anti-Christian conservative pledge last week stating that among other things, according to the Telegraph, “African American children were more likely to grow up in stable families during the era of slavery than under President Barack Obama.” One of countless Americans still furious over having a black man in the Oval Office, Bachmann, along with fellow candidate Rick Santorum, approved and agreed with the following statement.
“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,” the opening statement reads. It just gets more horrific from there.
In lieu of creating yet another moment of bad (and, far worse, ineffective) satire in response, some moderates fought back. Cheryl Contee, blogger for Jack and Jill Politics, responded, “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.”
The pledge, created by anti-civil rights groups The Family Leader, was then given to The White House.
In addition to yet again evoking slavery in an effort to sway uneducated voters, the confused GOP candidate and her husband, Marcus, also made headlines by using taxpayer dollars to run a clinic that “suggested in counseling that prayer could help switch a patient’s sexual orientation.” According to the LA Times, the noted anti-gay candidate and her partner used federal and state funds to “[endorse and practice] reparative therapy aimed at changing a gay person’s sexual orientation, despite the fact that such ‘therapy’ is widely discredited by the scientific and medical communities.”