Virginia Republicans’ controversial nominee for Lieutenant Governor argued on Wednesday that the Great Society programs enacted in the 1960s did more harm to African American families that the institution of slavery.
E.W. Jackson, who thinks LGBT Americans “poison culture” and says President Obama has “Muslim sensibilities,” told a crowd in Newport News that government programs like Medicare and Medicaid are to blame for current problems among black families.
Citing the decline in black children being raised by two (opposite sex) parents, Jackson declared, “it wasn’t slavery that did that, it was government that did that”:
JACKSON: My grandfather was born there, to a father and a mother who had been slaves. And by the way, their family was more intact than the black family is today and I’m telling you that slavery did not destroy the black family even though it certainly was an attack on the black family. It made it difficult but I’ll tell you that the programs that began in the ’60s, the programs that began to tell women that “you don’t need a man in the home, the government will take care of you,” that and began to tell men, “you don’t need to be in the home, the government will take care of this woman and take care of these children.” That’s when the black family began to deteriorate. In 1960 most black children were raised in two parent, monogamous families. By now, by this time, we have only 20% of black children being raised in two parent, monogamous families with a married man and woman raising those children. It wasn’t slavery that did that, it was government that did that, trying to solve problems that only God can solve and that only we as human beings can solve.
Watch it (via American Bridge):
Other government programs besides Medicare and Medicaid that began in the 1960s include food stamps, Head Start, Teacher Corps, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Though Jackson didn’t single out which one of these initiatives in particular was so dastardly, it’s fair to say that none of them led to the mass enslavement of a race.
Jackson has previously lashed out against Planned Parenthood, saying that they are “more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”