Do you think slavery in America was a tragic, terrible thing? Congratulations! You meet the minimum standards for being a somewhat decent human being. Unfortunately, it appears Republican Arkansas state representative Jon Hubbard fails to meet that requirement.
In his latest book, “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative,” Hubbard calls the systematic forced enslavement of millions of black Americans for more than two centuries “a blessing in disguise.”
His reason why? Because those slaves and their descendants got to live in America instead of dirty, terrible Africa. What a nice consolation prize for the systematically oppressed.
“The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise,” Hubbard writes in “Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.” “The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.”
Hubbard also writes, "Knowing what we know today about life on the African continent, would an existence spent in slavery have been any crueler than a life spent in sub-Saharan Africa?"
So, I think we can all agree that those are pretty terrible and shocking things for a government official to write in 2012, right? Well, Hubbard keeps on going from there. He also thinks black students are the reason American schools are failing, which essentially is an endorsement of segregation as a method of improving schools.
“One of the stated purposes of school integration was to bring black students up to a level close to that of white students,” Hubbard writes. “But, to the great disappointment of everyone, the results of this theory worked exactly in reverse of its intended purpose, and instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the level of black students. To make matters worse the lack of discipline and ambition of black students soon became shared by their white classmates, and our educational system has been in a steady decline ever since.”
Hubbard even goes so far as to ask "Will it ever become possible for black people in the United States of America to firmly establish themselves as inclusive and contributing members of society within this country?"
Does Rep. Hubbard know who the current President of the United States is? Somebody might want to let him know.