'Marriage Vow' Slavery Quote Gets Bachmann in Hot Water
More hot water, that is
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2011 3:48 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks in Charleston, SC, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.   (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann was already in hot water after signing a pledge that appears to maybe, sorta-kinda, call for a ban on porn. Now it turns out that same pledge included a controversial slavery-related clause in its preamble, forcing Bachmann to backpedal and the group behind the pledge to ultimately remove the reference. The section in question 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,” Politico reports.

Bachmann’s spokesperson yesterday stated that the presidential hopeful only endorsed the “candidate vow,” not the preamble that included the slavery passage. While Bachmann “stands behind the candidate vow—which makes absolutely no reference to slavery,” the rep said, the Congresswoman “believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible.” But the Washington Post notes that the document was a mere four pages long (and that includes two pages of footnotes), and that the slavery section was the preamble’s very first bullet point, implying Bachmann likely saw it. After the controversy erupted, the Family Leader ultimately decided to remove the language. A spokesperson for the group apologized “for any negative feelings this has caused.”

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Jul 12, 2011 7:42 AM CDT
DUDE... is she kidding?? There was NOTHING STABLE about the slave family unit. At any moment, a mother or a father or a child could have been sold off, traded for mules or what have you. How dare she pretend for a moment that slavery was good for the family unit. Whatever though, Bachmann... Let the gaffes keep on coming. You will be seen for what you are.
Jul 11, 2011 6:00 PM CDT
First. This "newser" leads with a fictitious and subjective headline that implies Ms. Bachmann is in hot water already and is in more of it with this. Not so. She simply stated a fact and that fact is well supported by statistics that say 72% of black families are single parent. If I were black I might be upset but not at Ms. Bachmann, I'd be upset at my fellow black men for causing this. So, fix it not by shooting the messenger or electing Obama for another four years of 'change' but by addressing the way black men (do not) deal with their responsibilities. I say cut the testicles off any man who leaves a woman pregnant and unsupported and that should fix the problem ongoing very nicely. Now, back to trashing Ms. Bachmann for telling the truth, we are focused here, in the next election, on truth and real people and real facts and real solutions a change to truth and responsibility in government and the home rather than "change" to more spending and class warfare and talk of corporate jets, and spending for votes and temporary government jobs. The change has happened already and we look forward to a tea party president and the stimulus that comes from a positive change in government pro-business climate and the resultant increase in employment rather than fake spending policies and fake world climate agendas and handouts for votes to keep the DNC candidates, the ones left after the 2010 elections, in power. The end is near for the Obama era and shouting charges of class warfare and racism no longer serves to stifle the truth and continue the Chicago politician's presidency.
Jul 11, 2011 5:34 PM CDT
I'm sorry about having to provide this link but I just wrote a thought-provoking blog post about racism, microaggression, and Bachmann: http://debutopia.blogspot.com/2011/07/michelle-bachmann-racism-and-carpet.html#more