What an odd thing to say on Juneteenth.
“My great grandparents, Gabriel and Elijah Jackson were slaves and sharecroppers in Orange County, Va. I am a direct descendant of slaves. 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," said Jackson.It's crazy to assert that slavery was better for African American families. Slave marriages were not recognized in slave codes and families were frequently split up and sold separately, often never seeing each other again. For E.W Jackson to make this assertion is really offensive.
It's probably no mystery why Jackson said this though; it's a pretty clear attempt to pander to the Neo-Confederate element of the Republican Party of Virginia. No doubt George F. Allen stood a little taller yesterday.
Read the rest at Talking Points Memo.