“Bishop” E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate to be the next lt. governor of Virginia, continues to say things that are just batshit crazy. Listen to his bizarre explanation of why government programs to help the needy are worse for black people than slavery was.
JACKSON: My grandfather was born there, to a father and a mother who had been slaves. And by the way, their family was more intact than the black family is today and I’m telling you that slavery did not destroy the black family even though it certainly was an attack on the black family. It made it difficult but I’ll tell you that the programs that began in the ‘60s, the programs that began to tell women that “you don’t need a man in the home, the government will take care of you,” that and began to tell men, “you don’t need to be in the home, the government will take care of this woman and take care of these children.” That’s when the black family began to deteriorate. In 1960 most black children were raised in two parent, monogamous families. By now, by this time, we have only 20% of black children being raised in two parent, monogamous families with a married man and woman raising those children. It wasn’t slavery that did that, it was government that did that, trying to solve problems that only God can solve and that only we as human beings can solve.
For crying out loud, one of the horrors of slavery was how it ripped black families apart, selling off spouses and children. And does he really believe that marriages by black families fell apart because they knew that the woman could get help from the government to keep her children from starving? Is the alternative to that, having women stay in bad marriages because they would otherwise not be able to eat or support themselves? Funny, the wingnuts love to talk about the horrors of “dependency” on the government, but they get downright nostalgic about the days when women were dependent on men in order to survive. That’s why so many women were stuck in abusive relationships in the past, because they had no other options. That’s not a good thing, but the wingnuts act as though it was some long lost garden of Eden.