Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore once told an audience member at a rally that America was “great” when chattel slavery was practiced.
Moore is a loud supporter of President Trump, whose 2016 campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again,” implying that the United States used to be great, and will be again. However, months before the allegations emerged that Moore molested a 14-year-old girl and dated teenagers while he was in his thirties, Moore made an alarming statement about the last time America was “great.”
During a September campaign event in Florence, Alabama, the Los Angeles Times reported on an exchange Moore had with an African American member of the audience who was in attendance. When the audience member asked Moore to name a specific era in history when he thought America was “great,” Moore unflinchingly mentioned the antebellum period when chattel slavery was the dominant economy in the South.
“I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another,” Moore said. “Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
During that same event, Moore reportedly referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows.”
Moore is currently neck-and-neck in recent polls with former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, the Democrat in the race, who is best known for his successful prosecution of two Ku Klux Klan members responsible for bombing a Birmingham church in 1963 and killing four young black girls.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.