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‘Slavery helped preserve two-parent homes’

CONTROVERSIAL: Michele Bachmann

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate, Michele Bachmann, has caused outrage in America after agreeing to the notion that the abolition of slavery had led to the lack of two-parent homes in the black community.

Bachmann, who signed a “marriage vow” from an Iowa Christian values group, which in it, suggested that life was better for the black family during slavery, has received a full-scale internet backlash.

It has been reported that the vow, which also promotes the ban of gay marriage and pornography, noted that African-American children were more likely to come from a broken home since the election of US President Obama.

In a section of the Candidate Vow it 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."

Washington Post journalist, Alexandra Petri, commented: "Now you go and sign a pledge that includes a statement that can be summarized "gee, slavery was terrible for slaves, but at least they grew up in two-parent households?" There might have been two parents there, but that doesn't really improve your family situation if the children are being treated like property. Do we really want to go down this path?"

While the author of black political blog Jack & Jill Politics, Cheryl Contee wrote: "Given that families were broken up regularly for sales during slavery and that rape by masters was pretty common, this could not be more offensive. I mean, putting aside the statistics on this, which are likely off-base, I could not be more angry. When will Republicans inquire with actual Black people whether or not we're ok with invoking slavery to score cheap political points? It has to stop."

Congresswoman Bachmann’s spokesperson reportedly said: “[Bachmann] stands behind the candidate vow—which makes absolutely no reference to slavery.”

They added: “[she] believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible.”

Obama is yet to make a statement.

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