North Dakota Rep. Terry Jones Says Blacks Had been “Glad Their Ancestors Had been Introduced Right here As Slaves”
A white North Dakota Republican official got hot because he said black Americans were “glad their ancestors were brought here as slaves”.
InForum reported That Rep. Terry Jones, RN.D., made the arson claim as he discussed a bill he tabled Wednesday that would allow North Dakotans to eliminate mention of their breed in official documents. Voters would substitute “American”, a nationality, for race.
House bill 1333 would oblige government agencies to list “Americans” as a primary option in records requesting a person’s racial background.
Jamaal Abegaz, a 2020 Nominee for the Moorhead Human Rights Award and the leader of Black Lives Matter in Fargo, North Dakota, called the lawmaker’s testimony racist.
“The relentless folly of (Jones’) testimony cannot be underestimated,” Abegaz said InForum. “And I don’t think he really believes it.”
The activist, who is black, also told the publication that he “is not happy that my mother’s ancestors were stolen and brought here”.
Abegaz opposed the proposed legislation, calling it “some nonsense” that would prevent the state from gathering relevant information on North Dakota residents of various backgrounds.
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On the other hand a failed former North Dakota Republican gubernatorial candidate came to Jones’ defense. According to InForum, Michael Coachman, who is black and conservative, claimed that while slavery was terrible, he argued that enslaved Africans converted to Christianity.
Coachman admitted he didn’t check boxes to ask about a race as he found it divisive. He said he wanted to be recognized for his work, not his color.
Jones, who has held the seat since 2017, falsely claimed that the mere designation of a nationality as a race “provides a group of people who have lived under common laws for mutual benefit”.
Democrat Gretchen Dobervich criticized the proposal but didn’t believe Jones was calling the bill racist.
“I do not think so [the bill] should be racist, but the look is not good, ”said Dobervich told InForum.
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According to PBS, the transatlantic slave trade is is responsible for the transport of 12.5 million Africans from 1525. The continuing devastating effects of white supremacy still plague blacks in the western hemisphere today.
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