8 Political Myths About Blacks That You Shouldn’t Believe

July 14, 2011  |  

By Anthony Jerrod

English novelist and essayist George Orwell once stated, “Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”  Indeed, throughout history, the political landscape has been littered with mental trash that subsequently has been accepted, processed and etched into the minds of certain individuals as truth.

To date, members of various ethnicities continue to witness the deep democratic struggles and the courage of people of African descent, who continually clothe themselves with love and justice in the face of monolithic adversity, resistance, malevolent acts, and attempts to diminish and eradicate black beauty, intelligence and potentiality.

As we embark on communicating the whole truth, it is essential that we persist in debunking lies intended to hold blacks captive.  To be sure, the following is but a snapshot of popular myths and does not represent the full breadth of lies leveled by politicos on both sides of the aisle.

Lie #1:  Black children were better off in slavery than they are now.

The recent Family Leader Pledge, which was signed by Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum, initially stated that a “black 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.”   After receiving much attention, the group removed the statement because it had been “misconstrued”.  Really?  How ridiculous and absurd is the notion that a Black child was better off during the barbaric, deplorable and inhumane conditions of slavery than they are now.  In many cases, families were painfully and systematically separated as they were viewed and treated as personal property.  This counterfactual statement originally found in the pledge lacks intelligence, prudence and compassion for what our ancestors endured for nearly 400 years.

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