In an appearance Wednesday night on Fox News, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that the Democratic Party has kept African-Americans on a "21st-century plantation," with liberal black politicians being like the "overseers" who would rule over the slaves -- and likened himself to Harriet Tubman, the most famous member of the Underground Railroad movement, who helped over 70 slaves escape to freedom and inspired many others by her example.
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West discussed President Obama's current bus tour, with guest host Laura Ingraham.
"Well I think, Laura, when you look at what is happening, the laughable hypocrisy is that the big black bus is not going into the black community," said West. "When you had unemployment in the black community, 16.3 percent in July, and it dropped down to 15.9 percent for the month of August, that's not in the right direction. [Note: 15.9% unemployment for a demographic group certainly is bad -- but isn't even a slight drop a move in the right direction?]
"So, you have this 21st-century plantation that has been out there, where the Democrat Party has forever taken the black vote for granted. And you have established certain black leaders, who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset, because they have been disregarded, disrespected, and their concerns are not cared about.
"So I'm here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman, to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad, away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility."