“That’s exactly what I said. I said I’m wondering if they’re better off under government subsidy, and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail, and their older women and their children are standing, sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do, you know, I’m wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do? And so, in my mind I’m wondering, are they better off being slaves, in that sense, or better off being slaves to the United States government, in the sense of the subsidies. I’m wondering. That’s what. And the statement was right. I am wondering.”
Okay, I see where, in his ham-fisted way, he’s trying to go, but he shouldn’t have gone there.
There is a legitimate question to be asked as to whether 60 years of the welfare/affirmative action/civil rights state has improved the lot of a segment of the black population as to their condition prior to that. And I think that it could be demonstrated that the black culture of the 1950s, even despite Jim Crow, was in better shape than what you find in the urban welfare ghettos of today.
That said, the moment you drag slavery onto one side of the equation, you lose. Because the comparison is not only wrong, it is stupid and insulting. And that is how everybody will take this, too.
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