Slavery policy did not hurt humanity

Denver (AP) — Colorado Democrats accuse Republicans of joking about Lynch, and 18th-century policy to designate slaves as three-fifths of people “doesn’t hurt anyone. “.

State Congressman Ron Hanks was talking on the house floor Thursday about a law aimed at strengthening civic education in schools. He was mistakenly introduced as fellow Congressman Mike Lynch.

“Being called Lynch may be good for what I’m about to say. No, it’s a joke,” Hanks said.

White Hanks talked about a three-fifth compromise made during the 1787 Constitutional Assembly and classified slaves as three-fifths in parliamentary allocation of taxes and state representatives.

“It didn’t hurt anyone’s humanity,” Hanks said. “Is this really racist and talking about what the three-fifth compromise was? I don’t think so, and I think it’s important. This is here. It’s part of civic education. It grew up, and it’s worthy of debate. “

Hanks added that the compromise was an effort by the northern states to prevent the southern states from having too many representatives in parliament and to promote slavery beyond the south.

“It took a war to do that. It killed 600,000 Americans. It needed a lot of treasure. That’s the kind to be taught,” Hanks said.

Harishi Binson, the Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Colorado, said Hanks’ comments were a way to “whiten out the historical experience of blacks.”

“The fact that Congressman Hanks thought it appropriate to make a’joke’about Lynch is quite sneaky, especially when racist assaults are on the rise across our country,” Vinson said. Told. In the statement.

“Disgust and ignorance are terribly understated,” said Shenica Carter, chairman of the African Diaspora Initiative of the Democratic Party of Colorado.

In a statement, Carter said, “It is aggressive to downplay the indisputable historical fact that enslaved blacks were treated as low-valued, both legally and practically. It is under the dignity of the state legislature. “

Hanks told The Associated Press that the video of his comment was manipulated to point out what he didn’t do.

“It built a union by making such a compromise. It’s scary in today’s terms, but it took a civil war 80 years later to solve the problem,” Hanks said. ..

He talked about three branches of government, how laws are enacted, and laws that require lessons about the formation and development of government at the state and federal levels.

He was monitored by other members of Congress for marching from then-President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington, DC to the US Capitol before the riots struck the building on January 6.


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