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Roy Moore Says Families Were United During Slavery—Can We Elect Doug Jones Already?

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According to high-school enthusiast and homosexual hater Roy Moore, the last time America was truly great was during slavery.  This poorly dressed and spiritual successor to John Wayne made these comments during a rally in front of actual breathing people, including black people:

 “I think it was great at the time when families were united. Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another. … Our families were strong, our country had a direction,” Moore responded, according to a Los Angeles Times report in September.

At the same rally, he also referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows,” the LA Times reported. (via HuffPo)

Nothing says unflinching racism like saying something that ignorant in front of not only black people, but reporters taking down your every word. If it wasn’t so hateful and wrong, it would almost seem brave. Yet, when I read these comments I was reminded of comments I heard in the seventh grade. My white teacher, who was a born and bred New Yorker, told me and the rest of my brown and black class that slavery wasn’t that bad because, as he was told by his African-American professor, “Why would masters want to hurt and injure their slaves? It doesn’t make economic sense.”

Believe it or not, that made sense to me at the time. I was eleven and believed that racism was largely over, my immigrant black parents telling me about the horrible times of the past felt just like that—the past. I grew up around people of all shades and colors in Brooklyn. So when this man, who I trusted and respected, told me this: I believed it.

It wasn’t until college—yep college—that I experience racism that challenged me to understand that my blackness did make me different to people around me. Moore’s comments are ignorant and stupid, but they are not just opinions he shares and not just a “Southern” problem. As showed our article about voucher schools, students can be taught the wrong information all around the country if they have professors with a bias or are never challenged with any other facts.

Now Roy Moore is a man who revels in his own disgusting, bigoted opinions. Even before the allegations against him were public he had already said terrible things about queer people, saying that homosexuality is “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated.”

What a godly man. Hell, he even thinks that Putin is right and that in America “We promote a lot of bad things.” What are those bad things? Well, homosexuality of course.

Therefore is it surprising that Moore would believe that in a time where black families were constantly separated for economic purposes, married off like cattle, and where slave masters (including good ol’ TJ #3) would rape their slaves and sometimes sell, their own children “families were strong”? Yep: family fucking values.

Trump, according to reports from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will be heading down to Pensacola, FL where some suspect he will be able to campaign for Moore since it shares such a close border to Mobile, Alabama. Well, we know where he stands on black people.

Can Doug Jones get elected? What a Christmas gift that would be.

(via The Huffington Post, image: screengrab from MSNBC)

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