Always a fan of skewed historical references, Rep. Allen West went on Fox News yesterday to proclaim he's the "modern-day Harriet Tubman," and says he's the one that will get the nation's African-Americans off the "21st century plantation."
The "plantation" isn't a new reference for West, but being Harriet Tubman and taking black people on his "underground railroad" is a new one.
And who are the overseers of said "plantation?" Why, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, and Barbara Lee, of course. But that's some sort of conspiracy theory orchestrated by "white liberals," West explains.
"I'm gonna be brutally honest," West said to Laura Ingraham, who was sitting in for Papa Bear Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor yesterday. "White liberals have turned over to certain leaders -- perceived leaders -- in the black community like a Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, a Maxine Waters or Barbara Lee, and said, 'pacify and keep the black community firmly behind us regardless of the failures of our social welfare policies.'"
This was all part of a segment titled, "Are African-Americans Unhappy With Obama?" and as my New Times colleague Stefan Kamph says, "If a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is 'no.'"
The segment even features Maxine Waters' recent statements about President Obama to fuel their concocted theory, but nonetheless, we're more interested in what sort of slave-emancipation expedition West's going to embark on in his role of Harriet Tubman.
Check out the video of West describing the slave scenario below:
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