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Black Republican Finds It Divisive To Bring Up Slavery, Thinks 3/5 Compromise Was Swell

May 22, 2013

Get a load of this guySo the Republican party of Virginia has itself a brand spanking new nominee for Lieutenant Governor and — diversity alert! — he’s black. He’s also a tea partying nutter, a minister, and believes that Planned Parenthood is way more evil to blacks than the KKK ever was. No, seriously:

The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.

But don’t worry, kids! The fine reverend isn’t a one hit wonder, there’s more.

On slavery:

He also argued in 2011 that it was inappropriate for Obama to sit in a church where a pastor would bring up slavery.

“This is 2011. The issue of slavery was settled 146 years ago,” Jackson said in the same statement. “For the President of the United States to sit in yet another church where the Pastor dredges up the past as if nothing has changed demonstrates either tremendously poor judgment or that Mr. Obama shares this sentiment. Either way, it is divisive and destructive, and the President should be above such associations.”

On Obama’s Jew-hating:

“In Chicago, the anti-Jewish sentiment among black people is even more pronounced because of the direct influence of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” he continued. “The question is whether Obama, given his Muslim roots and experience in Farrakhan’s Chicago, shares this antipathy for Israel and Jewish people.”

On the three-fifths compromise:

In an April 28, 2011 statement while he was a Senate candidate, conservative minister and lawyer E.W. Jackson held up the three-fifths clause as an “anti-slavery” measure. The context of his statement was to attack President Obama after a pastor at a church service he attended referred to the three-fifths clause as a historical marker of racism.

“Rev. [Charles Wallace] Smith must not have understood the 3/5ths clause was an anti-slavery amendment. Its purpose was to limit the voting power of slave holding states,” Jackson, an African-American, said in his statement.

How any American, let alone a black American, could be so mind-numbingly wrong about our Constitution’s most infamous provision is beyond me. I mean he’s got it completely bass-ackwards, doesn’t he? Slaves didn’t gain anything from the compromise, the measure simply went to strengthening the political power of Southern states — if anything, extending the institution of slavery in the U.S.  How can anyone not know this?

It all sort of goes back to the crazy idea that America is a nation blessed by God which attaches some sort of divine providence to The Constitution. The three-fifths compromise is a tricky thing for the constitutionalist, much like all those tricky little parts of the Bible are for fundamentalist Christians. I guess E.W. Jackson’s confusion should really be expected in this light.

At any rate, congratulations, Virginia! Your slate of GOP nominees include a Lt. Governor candidate who thinks the 3/5 compromise was swell; a candidate for Governor who wants to reinstate an anti-sodomy law already struck down by the Supreme Court and who moved to end LGBT protections at state colleges; and an Attorney General nominee who would force women to report all miscarriages to the police for investigation or face jail time. May the voters reward you.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2013 6:13 pm

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left and commented:

    Virginia GOP has a problem.

  2. May 22, 2013 12:38 pm

    The only way he could think that way about the 3/5 provision is if he thought that slaves had the right to vote, so at least they had a little bit of citizenship rights. Well, NO! We could ask him how long it took to sort out that voting-rights issue.

    • E.A. Blair permalink
      May 22, 2013 2:59 pm

      It was a really bad deal because it let the slave states count non-voting persons for purposes of representation – it took women longer to get there.

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