TPM — The Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, gave a speech Wednesday in which he claimed government social programs have done more harm to the “black family” than slavery. Jackson explained that “programs that began in the sixties” hurt the African-American community because they encouraged people to feel women did not need men “in the home.” …
“In 1960 most black children were raised in two parent, monogamous families. By now, by this time, we have only twenty percent of black children being raised in a two parent, monogamous families with the married man and woman raising those children,” Jackson said. “It wasn’t slavery that did that, it was government that did that. It tried to solve problems that only god can solve and that only we as human beings can solve.”
I’m sure slavery was wonderful and all. But God was taking his sweet time smoothing off the rough edges, and wouldn’t We the People, i.e., our democratoc form of government resolving it, count as human beings? Maybe not in Jackson’s world.
For the record Jackson is half right: It wasn’t slavery that left poor black kids home alone in the 21st century, it was the war on drugs, restricted access to birth control and abortion services, and the need for two income earners pulling in that sweet minimum wage that did it.