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CAMPAIGN Jackson suggests welfare has been worse than slavery

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  • E.W. Jackson

    Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson speaks at a gathering of conservative leaders in Washington in June.

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 am

At a Juneteenth event in Newport News, E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said slavery did not destroy black families, but government welfare programs launched in the 1960s caused them to deteriorate.

Speaking before a small crowd Wednesday at King-Lincoln Park, not too far from where the first African slaves entered the Colonies, Jackson referred to his great-grandparents, who were slaves and sharecroppers in Orange County.

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