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US Presidential candidate backs claim African-American kids better off under slavery

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Michele-BachmanUS presidential candidate Michele Bachmann put her name to a pledge which claimed African American children had more stable childhoods under slavery than under President Barack Obama.


Republican candidate Mrs Bachman appeared to back the claim made by The Family Value organisation as she signed a traditional pro-marriage pledge given to White House contenders by the group.

The opening statement introducing the pledge read: “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.”

Mrs Bachmann and Rick Santorum, another Republican candidate, signed the pledge, which condemned gay marriage, abortion, infidelity and pornography.
But after a wave of condemnation The Family Value subsequently removed the offending language.

Bob Vander Plaats, the group's head, said: “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.”

Earlier Rachel Maddow, a host on MSNBC, had said: “If you took a cracked pot and you cracked that cracked pot, you'd be approaching the level of cracked pottery we are talking about here.”

And Cheryl Contee author of the blog Jack and Jill Politics, mainly about black issues added: “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.”

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