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Re: Michele Bachmann Thinks Slavery Times Were Bet

First of all I am not going to be outraged by a statement that has no bearing on the conditions of African American today. That statement is not going to worsen or improve the conditions of African Americans people including our children in any shape or form. Therefore I chose to put my energy in addressing real issues that disproportionately impact the community such as the prison industrial complex, disparities in access to quality health care, high unemployment rate and foreclosure rate, gentrification, the erosion of black wealth, the high percentage of African American students in under and low performing schools, etc.

Secondly legislation or policies can not force people to take responsibility for raising their children, valuing education, teaching manhood or womanhood, financial management, respect for elders, history and culture, etc. So therefore the social issues that impact our community must be addressed and handled by us.

Thirdly, you wrote the following "Many folks are going to interpret the statement to mean that Black children were better off during American Slavery than they are under the leadership of Barack Obama - the first BLACK President of the United States. They will interpret this to mean that Barack Obama - the first BLACK President of the United States made things worse for Black children; therefore don't vote for him in 2012!" Which clearly expressed your concern about the statement potential impact on the re-election of President Obama. So I responded to what you wrote.

And finally, I find it interesting that you assume that I am challenging you because I view the statement and it impact differently from you. Since this is a discussion forum, I thought we were have a discussion.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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