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E.W. Jackson: US Social Programs Harmed Blacks More Than Slavery

E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, expressed more controversial views on African-Americans yesterday, this time claiming that government social programs have done more harm to the black community than slavery.

“In 1960, most black children were raised in two-parent, monogamous families. By now, by this time, we have only 20 percent of black children being raised in a two-parent, monogamous families with the married man and woman raising those children,” Jackson said. “It wasn’t slavery that did that, it was government that did that. It tried to solve problems that only God can solve and that only we as human beings can solve.”

Jackson has been a lightning rod because of his views, which include stating that President Obama has “Muslim sensibilities;” accusing the Democratic Party of enslaving African-Americans, and claiming that gays and lesbians are “very sick people, psychologically and emotionally.” 

Jackson’s selection as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor might pose problems for the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, who in recent months has tried to keep his campaign message focused on jobs and the economy—even as Democrats try to attack him for his staunchly conservative record on abortion and gay rights.

Last fall, Jackson, a black minister from Chesapeake who is a Harvard Divinity School graduate, posted a four-minute video on YouTube during which he accused the “civil rights establishment” of selling out their Christian values to support Democratic policy positions on gay marriage and abortion.

“The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions,” Jackson said, as he encouraged blacks to vote Republican in the November election. “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”

Jackson is the founder of an organization called STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), which on its website describes abortion as “the equivalent of an idolatrous offering to the god of ‘sexual license.’”

“It is no different than in times past when pagans offered their babies on an altar of fire to assure their own good fortune,” the STAND website says.

Jackson yesterday told a group of people at a Juneteenth celebration in Newport News that Americans “should remember” the country’s history of slavery, but “not wallow in it.”

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas first learned of the end of slavery from Union Gen. Gordon Granger, and it is now celebrated as a day marking the end of slavery in the United States.

Jackson, the great-grandson of slaves from Orange County, said, “We are founded on the principle of truth that our rights, our freedoms do not come from a government, a king, a president, a potentate. They came from almighty God; they come from our creator. And even while slavery still existed in this nation, those words resonated in the consciences of the American people.”

State Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk, Jackson’s Democratic opponent, said while Juneteenth recognizes the end of slavery, there is still work to do.

“Today, all Virginians celebrate and honor those who fought, struggled, and died to end slavery in this nation,” Northam said. “Despite how far we have come, there is still progress to be made and I refuse to accept any form of discrimination.”

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8 thoughts on “E.W. Jackson: US Social Programs Harmed Blacks More Than Slavery

  1. Jamie Cooley says:

    Some valid points made in this article. I will have to find some sources on the 20% of black children today live with both parents, but if this statistic is true, well I know who I do not need to look towards for my families liberation from these harmful generational cycles.

  2. IsRa GarCo says:

    Absolutely! They made our people more dependent on the system then they are on their abilities and Ancestral obligations.

  3. Mustafa Ansari says:

    What kind of Negro, making white conservatives happy is this! Let me get this right social programs caused people not to get married? This opportunist obviously is saying what pleases his masters. What about the 60 per cent of white people who now come from single parent families Jackson? Jacksons statements are irreconcilable with logic and the logic of those of us who call ourselves Republicans or Democrats. Politics is not about Parties but who gets what. As far as I can tell he sounds like a Republican and acts like a Democrat. e.g the Obama Administration. This Republican/Democratic thing is not useful to our issues on the economoy and education.

  4. Hadayai Majeed says:

    I benefited from the old Model Cities program back in the 70s. I learned how to be a very good secretary (filing, pleasant telephone manner, typing), etc. I have used all those skills to get through college and to get through being laid off jobs that called for my college education. My older sister went to Beauty School and was able to earn enough to keep her home (after her husband left her), raise her three children (all doing well now) and save for retirement. Other people I know are now retiring from high paying labor jobs (from the 60s and 70s) many received the training through the Model Cities program. A few went into business on their own and are doing well. This makes me sick when black people do this type of thing.

  5. Menzi Maseko says:

    true uncle toms still exist?

  6. But then with the abolishment of slavery it was just a breather to get into the real slavery that we are still experiencing today. Like the saying goes " The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convince the world he did not exist" So did the slavemaster when they acted like they abolished slavery in true fact when they puled a faster one on everyone non-white ever since. Anywhere in the world welfare is the worst thing that could happen to any person cause soon after that you are the property of the state and you don't know it. Check all this young people from poor neighbourhoods of the US and UK who are dying in the Middle East & Afghan because they were promised that the army will send them to school right after they send them to be maimed and killed first.

  7. Maia Ajanaku says:

    I dare anybody to show, with proof, a problem at any time in recorded history that "God" solved.

  8. Maia Ajanaku says:

    The list of carnages, deaths, pain, and, sufferings that the belief in God has caused and allowed from the beginning of time in recorded history are innumerable.

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