“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. … I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Anybody surprised by this? What say you now, Dean Heller and Sean Hannity, and all you morons defending your fellow moron? I especially love that “family life” part. Oh, yes, family life on the ole plantation. Getting raped by the master, having your husband and children sold to other masters so you never saw them again. Good times…
Maybe you are, but I’m guessing you’re not locked in a coffin with scorpions and biting ants.
From “In Obama’s Speech, Their Voices,” Nicholas Kristof, NYT:
When President Obama made a landmark speech against modern slavery on Tuesday, many of us in the news media shrugged. It didn’t fit into the political narrative. It wasn’t controversial, so — yawn — it wasn’t really news.
But women like Sina Vann noticed. She’s a friend of mine who was trafficked as a young girl from Vietnam into Cambodian brothels — where she was regularly punished by being locked inside coffins with scorpions and biting ants. Now an anti-trafficking activist with the Somaly Mam Foundation, she sent me an exuberant e-mail (in fractured English, her third language) with a message for Obama: “We are survivors here so proud of you, you are the big president in U. S. and you take action of trafficking. So you give victims from around the world have hope.”
If you look at the economic data and think, “You know what we need? A new Contract with America,” your wish is Newt Gingrich’s command. Not only is Newtie going to present a new Contract, he promises this one will be “ten times deeper and more comprehensive” than his original Contract from 1994 that mostly never became law.
He also compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, saying his ideas are “exactly what Lincoln would have campaigned on.” So get ready for some bold policy on slavery and building a transcontinental railroad!
Rick Perry may want to undo the New Deal and take us back to the 1920’s, but why stop there? Newtie’s way-back machine is revved up and headed for the 1850’s.