Slavery in America was abolished with the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the constitution in 1865. Although discrimination against Blacks continued, especially in the former Confederate states of the South, a great evil was finally ended. Since slavery was ended 148 years ago, you wouldn’t expect to find any former slaves still living, but you would be wrong. Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has affirmed, in a recent speech on the House floor, that she is a freed slave.
Looking over her Wikipedia article, I see that this isn’t the first stupid thing she has said.
In July 2010 Jackson Lee said: “Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.” It was noted that Vietnam had not been split for four decades.
The Hill reported in 1997 that Jackson Lee had asked NASA officials whether the Mars Pathfinder photographed the U.S. flag that Neil Armstrong had planted on Mars. When this incident was reported, her chief of staff wrote a letter to the editor suggesting that she was targeted because she was black.
In February 2013, Jackson Lee called herself a “freed slave” while talking on the House floor.
Sheila Jackson Lee serves on the Committee of Homeland Security and the Committee on the Judiciary. Lord help us.
- Sheila Jackson Lee: I’m a “Freed Slave” (rushlimbaugh.com)
- Shocker: Congresswoman Was Recently A Slave (peacemoonbeam.typepad.com)
- Sheila Jackson Lee: I’m a “Freed Slave” (calvinistview.com)
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claims to be a ‘Freed Slave,’ Opposes All Government Spending Cuts (pjmedia.com)