Saturday, February 12, 2011

Michele Bachmann's rewrites African American history, calling African slaves 'risk-takers'

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
"Other than Native Americans who were here, all of us have the same story," Bachmann told the National Press Club at a "Tea Party Express Forum" Tuesday.

She went on to insist that all Americans are descendants of "risk-takers from their home country, doesn't matter what the country is, but they took a risk, and they came here".

Michele Bachmann has never converted her blatant lies to truths on the campaign trail.  And now she is insisting on rewriting the history of African Americans in her own image. She seems to believe that slaves voluntarily came to America on cruise ships, not slave ships, in which they were jammed together like 

sardines in the bowels of those ships. Bachmann is saying Africans loved the "risk” getting enslaved by their equals, perhaps facing the odds of getting killed by their equals if they attempted to escape at sea or on land.

African slaves even loved the “risk” of seeing and hearing their daughters and mothers get raped by White masters who had no regard for their humanity. There was nothing these free  African women and girls could do to defend themselves against the rapes and violence. The African fathers and sons were helpless to stop these crimes. They did not have the power to defend their women and daughters. There was a “risk” of women and young girls dying giving birth to their rapists children. The chances of them getting sold like cattle was equal among all the slaves and the children they bore.

Surely, according to Bachmann's thinking, African men, women and families loved the “risk” of getting torn away from each other, and sold on auction blocks. They loved the “risk” of death if they disobeyed their White masters, mistresses, including young children. Anyone White was a master whether they owned the “risk” taking slaves or not.

"Risk" taking Africans were thrilled to work the cotton fields, and other chores from sun up to sun down, in hot and cold weather,  an overseer slapping their backs with skin eating whips. The African "risk takers" were so happy with their "freedom" that they attempted to run away. They preferred the “risk” of independence to dependence on slave masters.

If Bachmann’s evaluation of Africans is correct, then the 13th and 14th Amendments did not apply to them. They were already free “risk-takers” like her European ancestors!

When Martin Luther King, Jr. led civil rights marches and demonstrations in the 1950s, he was merely the leader of a walking marathon to keep “risk’ taking African Americans in good physical condition. They were getting too fat living the good life. Once in a while African Americans liked pretending they were on equal footing with White Americans. The “risk” of pretending kept them grounded.

All of those Jim Crow laws, Black and White water fountains, and lynchings carried out in a carnival atmosphere are historical exaggerations. The murders and rapes committed by White males against African Americans, even after slavery ended, were exaggerated imaginations! If the White criminals were not brought to justice, that’s because “risk" taking African Americans refused to seek justice.

If Michele Bachmann knows nothing else she knows Black history! According to her, if captured Africans did not succeed in America it’s their fault for not taking advantage of the opportunities awaiting them in their new homeland. Apparently they were too lazy, or too scared to act like European “risk-takers.”

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