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8 Political Myths About African Americans

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By lynette.holloway
Created 07/16/2011 – 07:11

Now that the myth that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States has been debunked, we can go on to dispel some other prominent urban legends.

The Atlanta Post points to eight political myths that continue to dog the African-American community. The first and most preposterous of these fallacies was in the Family Leader Pledge that was signed by conservative presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite.

The pledge, which was later rewritten after a much-deserved political backlash, 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.”

Why would anyone who knows history believe such malarkey? It is a known fact that the word “family” didn’t even apply to slaves. They were considered chattel. Maybe the authors of the pledge meant the two-parent household of the slave owners. Got it.

Other political myths include claims that blacks are the biggest benefactors of government assistance programs, all blacks are liberals and affiliated with the Democratic Party, and black women were better off under slavery because abortion was illegal.

Read more at the Atlanta Post.

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