On the post, the hot-button issue of abortion was compared to what could arguably be viewed as the biggest hot-button issue of all – the issue of American slavery.
The picture on the volatile post had an image of a slave auction with the caption the read: “Pro-Choice. Against Slavery? Don’t buy one.”
The Chisago County Republican Party claimed on Facebook that the author of the post is unknown due to a “large number of administrators.”
The executive committee of the party also made a statement on Facebook saying:
“The Chisago County Republican Party is very sorry that something so clearly improper (either intended or in poor taste) ever made it to our page.”
“Postings like this are not representative of our party. We are a party that believes in Freedom for all Americans regardless of race or religion. It is after all where the Republican Party came from in its origins, the anti-slavery movement.”
Maybe conservatives still don't comprehend that marginalizing the seriousness of slavery is just as racist as the racist mentality that justified the practice when it was being engaged in.
Suggesting that an effective way to take a stand against something like the societal desecration of an entire race of people through enslavement is to treat it like an abortion and simply refuse to participate in it is the classic example of the proverbial mountain to a molehill comparison.
How often do you hear some politician say that anyone who doesn't support Nazi Germany should not buy a concentration camp or a human oven?
This is the problem. There are too many people, especially conservatives, that are entirely too willing to marginalize the horrific institution of slavery.
And then you have conservative blacks like Dr. Ben Carson who will blatantly minimize slavery just to appease his conservative cohorts and support their conservative talking points for some form of political notoriety, which was made evident by his recent statement about how Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened to this country since slavery!
These attempts to marginally compare other issues to slavery is preposterously distasteful, because none of these paper tigers belong in the same conversation with slavery, not abortion, not high taxes, not gun control, and certainly not Obamacare or its failed website.
Attempts to whitewash and sanitize the stench of slavery are based on the ongoing need to justify the institutionalized devaluing views on black life that so many in this country have invested in, and the Republican Party and the Tea Party mysteriously continue to lead other groups in being linked to this mindset regardless of their minority-friendly rhetoric and their so-called, minority outreach efforts.
Another example is Nevada Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler who came under fire on Monday over his comments about how he would vote in favor of slavery if his constituents wanted it. Later he, like the Chisago County executive committee, was forced to ease back from that statement claiming that it was taken out of context.
So as much as conservatives claim that they have been unfairly targeted by race- hustling Democrats like Florida Rep. Alan Grayson who recently came under fire for a campaign email that likened the Tea Party directly to the Ku Klux Klan, the conservative brand just cannot seem to get out of its own way when it comes to these racial snafus, many of them self-inflicted!
Consider this much concerning the plight of black slaves or slaves in general. If the main, dominant issue that slaves had to contend with was the issue of whether or not to have an abortion, there would not have been a need for the Emancipation Proclamation, The Civil War, the 13th Amendment, or the civil rights era, because it would have meant that the slaves were no longer slaves, which is why the abortion to slavery comparison is unjustly hollow.