Rep Trent Franks: Blacks Were Better Off Under Slavery

I’ve heard a lot of crazy things in my day, but this one from Rep Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, takes the cake:

FRANK: In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?


What’s the deal with Arizona politicians? They seem to really distinguish themselves among non-Dixie states — from Barry Goldwater’s bold stand against the Civil Rights Act to the long holdout against making MLK Day a holiday to this garbage from Rep Franks — in terms of racial cluelessness.