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Rep. Trent Franks: African-Americans were better off under slavery

Oh Wow.  RACIST!!   I want to thank Think Progress for posting this.  This is some straight BS!  If you are a black person living in AZ you need to campaign really, really hard to get this man out of office.  Here’s the info:

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) — one of the most conservative member of Congress, according to a new National Journal ranking — decried the strained state of political discourse in an interview today with blogger-activist Mike Stark. While defending hate radio host Rush Limbaugh, Franks said bipartisanship and “true tolerance” is about “being halfway decent to each other in spite of the differences.” But when the conversation turned to abortion, Franks made a clearly indecent comment, claiming that African-Americans were probably better off under slavery than they are today:

FRANK: In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?

What?  Huh?  Don’t believe me?  Watch it (beginning 6:20):

Franks continued by saying, “[S]ometimes we get angry and say things that we shouldn’t say, and I apologize…[for saying things] that are intemperate. But I don’t want to hide from the truth.”

Truth? Readers, is this the truth? AZ, is this the truth that you want your Representatives to believe in?

Update: Salon.com has picked up the story.  They report this: Abortion-rights opponents like to compare abortion and slavery; the Dred Scott vs. Sandford case is often seen on the right as the 19th century equivalent of Roe v. Wade. Still, the comments caught the attention of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“To compare the horrors and inhumane treatment of millions of African Americans during slavery as a better way of life for African Americans today is beyond repulsive,” said Stephanie Young, a DCCC spokeswoman. “In 2010, during the 2nd year of our first African American president, it is astonishing that a thought such as this would come to mind, let alone be shared. The next time Congressman Franks wants to make assumptions about what policies are ‘best’ for the African American community, he should keep them to himself.” [Full Article]


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Reparations are on the way!: My fav congressman has the support needed

Financial compensation for slavery, Yall! The Reparations Act of 2008 (H.R. 4108) might actually make it. Black people could get 2 checks from the government this year!!! Well, this story hasn’t gotten that much attention in the media (blame it on the Presidential elections) but it seems that Congressman… Continue reading


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US House of Representatives Committee looks into the Jena 6 case

You need to know aout the U.S House hearing about the “Jena 6” case!!!

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Racial equality in the U.S. justice system came under scrutiny Tuesday during a U.S. House committee hearing that examined the highly-publicized “Jena 6” case. The case involves six black teenagers who were initially charged with attempted murder in connection with the beating of a white student. VOA’s Robert Raffaele has more.

Emotions ran high Tuesday during a House of Representatives committee hearing looking into the extent of federal intervention in cases of alleged “hate crimes,” especially in the Jena 6 case.

Democratic Party Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee directed her anger at Donald Washington, the U.S. Attorney for Louisiana’s western district, where the Jena 6 incident took place.

“Mr. Washington, tell me why you did not intervene, not by way of the legal system, but the consultation that the U.S. attorneys have with the local district attorneys. Why didn’t you intervene? This (sic) broken lives could have been prevented if you had taken the symbolic responsibility that you have being the first African-American appointed to the western district. I don’t know what else to say! I am outraged!” she said.

After committee chairman John Conyers called for quiet, Washington responded. “First of all, I did intervene. I did engage the district attorney. We had conversations about his charging decisions and things of that sort. At the end of the day, there are only certain things that a United States attorney can do, that a federal representative can do, with respect to a state and how it handles its criminal justice system.”

The case of the so-called Jena 6 drew tens of thousands of protesters to the Louisiana town on September 20.

Local prosecutors initially charged five of six African-American teenage suspects as adults with attempted murder in the beating of a white high school student in 2006.

The incident at the school happened after nooses were hung from a tree — a symbol of the lynching of African-Americans in segregationist times. Three white students accused in that incident were suspended from school, but not prosecuted.

One of the black suspects in the beating, 17-year-old Mychal Bell, served nearly 10 months in jail. Following public outcry, his sentence was reduced to a lesser charge, and later overturned. But last week, a judge sent Bell back to jail for violating probation on a previous conviction.

Since the Jena case made headlines, there have been other high-profile noose incidents, including a noose hung on the office doorknob of a black professor at Columbia University in New York.

The U.S. Justice Department has created a task force to handle those investigations. (more at VOA News.com)

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