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Presidential Hopefuls Michele Bachmann & Rick Santorum Sign Racist Pledge Called “The Marriage Vow”

Submitted by on July 12, 2011 – 12:29 pm5 Comments
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Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have quite a bit of explaining to do not really, as anyone who has his eyes open already knows what’s up.

While campaigning in Iowa, the candidates were asked to sign a marriage pledge by a group which calls itself The Family Leader. The pledge was entitled, “The Marriage Vow—A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family.” The group said that in order to gain its support, the candidates had to be willing to do a few things, one of which was signing this pledge. So far so good, right? Guess again, as the pledge contained passages like the following:

“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.”

Wow. Not only is the above foolishly insensitive and extremely ignorant, but it is also inaccurate. Families were often systematically broken up during slavery, with children being separated from mothers and fathers who were often sold to other plantations. In fact, many blame the psychological effects of such destruction of the black family during slavery, among other things, for the state of black families today.

Of course, damage control went into full effect soon after the provisions of the document were released. Per her rep, Mrs. Bachmann had the following to say:

“”She signed the candidate vow. In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible.”

Uh-huh. We hear you talking.

The group itself released a statement as well:

“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,” the group’s officials said in a statement reported by multiple news outlets. “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.”

Notice that they said ‘the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued.’ That is an omission of guilt, not an admission of it, and it proves that this is only a self-serving apology for the language and more importantly, the sentiments, that they are not really sorry for. That being said, here’s the double standard.

When then-candidate Barack Obama was confronted with rhetoric from Jeremiah Wright, he was expected to immediately distance himself and gave an awe-inspiring speech denouncing the words of his one-time mentor before separating from him altogether. Neither of these candidates spoke against the rhetoric or distanced themselves from the organization responsible. In fact, Bachmann’s claim that she only signed the candidate vow—which seems to mean that she did not support the other parts of the document—goes to show a lack of concern for those who might be offended by any part of the document.

In all fairness, Herman Cain probably would’ve signed it too.

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