Arizona Rep.: Blacks Better Off as Slaves
Current policy killing community, GOP's Trent Franks says
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 9:02 PM CST
Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, with a staff member.   (House.gov)

(Newser) – Asked today by a conservative blogger about the role of race in the hyper-partisan, talk-radio-addled atmosphere in Washington, Republican Rep. Trent Franks took the opportunity to say that he thinks African Americans were better off under slavery. Go here for the full interview. Some excerpts:

Slavery “is a crushing mark on America’s soul,” the Arizonan tells Mike Stark. “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 the policies of slavery. And I think, ‘What does it take to get us to wake up?’”