The GOP candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia has been drawing attention for some comments he has made recently. During a speech on Wednesday, Minister E.W. Jackson claimed that government social programs have been worse for the African-American community than slavery.
“My great grandparents, Gabriel and Elijah Jackson, were slaves and sharecroppers in Orange County, Va," Jackson said. "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."
He added: "It made it difficult, but I’ll tell you that the programs that began in the '60s, the programs that began to tell women that you don’t need a man in the home, the government will take care of you, that began to tell men, you don’t need to be in the home, the government will take care of this woman and take care of these children. That’s when the black family began to deteriorate."
Jackson continued with his argument.
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"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. 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 previously described gays and lesbians as "very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally," and said that Planned Parenthood "killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions," The Huffington Post reported. Jackson has also allegedly said that he thinks President Barack Obama has a "Muslim perspective."
A video of Jackson is below: