by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Bachmann has come under fire for putting her name on the dotted line of an Iowa social conservatives petition stating, “[a] black child born into slavery in 1860 [was] more likely to be raised by [his or her] 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.” As outrageous as some find that to be, she has expressed her — let’s say different — views on slavery on other occasions. In fact, she was exercising these views as far back as when she was in law school. The New Yorker reports:
“Bachmann’s comment about slavery was not a gaffe. It is, as she would say, a world view. In Christianity and the Constitution, the book she worked on with Eidsmoe, her law-school mentor, he argues that John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams ‘expressed their abhorrence for the institution’ and explains that ‘many Christians opposed slavery even though they owned slaves.’ They didn’t free their slaves, he writes, because of their benevolence. ‘It might be very difficult for a freed slave to make a living in that economy; under such circumstances setting slaves free was both inhumane and irresponsible.’ “
Bachmann’s involvement in creating the latter discussed book in addition to her public comments about slavery today make strong suggestions about her stance on slavery. Furthermore, on Bachmann’s State Senate campaign website she suggests reading Declaration of Independence and George Washington’s Farewell Address — a biography of Robert E. Lee written by J. Steven Wilkins. At first glance, one probably would not think twice about Bachmann supporting this book. Upon further investigation, however, one finds it suggested that the author of the book was not a fan of abolitionists and endorsed slavery. All of these things begin to add up for the public as they make decisions for the next presidential election. Whether these bits of knowledge concerning Bachmann add up as strikes or scores is up to individuals. Regardless, with slavery being largely seen by many as negative, Bachmann’s actions certainly have people talking.
Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.