Monday, July 18, 2011

John Ernest Blogs on Marriage, Slavery, and the Family

About a week ago an Iowa conservative organization called The Family Leader came up with the Marriage Vow, a pledge for Republican presidential candidates to sign. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum immediately did so, but the pledge has turned out to be very controversial, particularly in its assertions about slavery.

When UNC Press asked our own John Ernest, Eberly Family Distinguished Professor, to give them a contribution for their blog, his post was about the Marriage Vow's inacurate picture of African-American families under slavery. We're happy to link to it: "Saving Marriages by Divorcing History." You'll enjoy this one.

Now, is it just me or does that pledge also seem a little....I don't know....homophobic?

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