Arizona Candidate Apologizes For Comparing Entitlements To Slavery

March 14, 2014 7:49 a.m.

An candidate for U.S. congress in Arizona apologized Thursday for saying entitlement programs are a means of enslaving people.

Jim Brown, who is competing for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), wrote a Facebook post Wednesday that urged his followers to “think seriously about how slavery works.”

“Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs …” Brown wrote, according to Think Progress’ screen grab of the now-deleted post.

“It is my sincere belief that over entitlements are a means of em- slaving [sic] the people by robbing opportunity while taking care of basic needs,” he added.

Brown wrote another post Thursday apologizing for the comparison.

“Some people read this to mean that I didn’t think slavery was that bad,” he wrote. “I believe slavery is worse than death – yesterday, today and tomorrow. I apologize to anyone I offended.”

h/t Huffington Post

Image via Facebook

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Audience Development Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: