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Arkansas State Rep: Slavery Was a ‘Blessing in Disguise’

Rep. John Hubbard of the Arkansas state senate believes that for blacks in America, slavery was a “blessing in disguise.” These claims are taken from his 2009 book, Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative, in which Hubbard identifies himself as a “true American.” Hubbard, a staunch Republican, characterized African-Americans as ignorant and lazy, and responsible for many of the country’s problems.

“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 wrote. “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.”

Interestingly enough, Hubbard also lists himself as a practicing Baptist, but his racism runs throughout the pages of his books. He asserts that African-Americans are better off having been entrapped in slavery than they would have been if left in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, he blames integration for the decline of American public school systems.

“Instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the level of black students,” reads the book. “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.”

“Wouldn’t life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?” Hubbard adds later.

On Saturday, major Arkansas state Republican entities, including the state GOP chairman, Arkansas Republican House Caucus, and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin each released statements condemning Hubbard’s racial views. Though the book was released three years ago, Hubbard remains in office. He is currently running for re-election against Democrat Harold Copenhaver in Arkansas.

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6 thoughts on “Arkansas State Rep: Slavery Was a ‘Blessing in Disguise’

  1. Phyllis Dillard says:

    Hubbard needs a straight jacket and SERIOUS medication. Also, include extensive and expensive psychiatry.

  2. Anonymous says:

    yeaumama are you truly that desperate to be denigrate blacks? Then please Cowboy up and be honest about it. One could almost prefer the state rep because with him you know where you stand. I am completely disgusted with this new culture of racists who won't admit what they are, but fall back on spurious science and statistics. You DO know that Hitler used those tactics, don't you?

  3. I'm not surprised by Rep. John Hubbard view which is unanimous across the WHITEBOARD.

  4. So, it is a black person's fault that white people are stupid, and its okay to become a citizen of the US by torturing them for a citizenship…

    and people voted him to be a legal representative of a state of Arkansas LMAO.

  5. Are you kidding me? This can't be factual in 2014? If it is it speaks volumes for 'free speech' in the US and those who can afford it. Such racist garbage does not belong in the public domain unless we use it to learn. And address whoever published such out of tune verbiage. Maybe I am way ahead of my time but I've never judged a person by colour or looks, but only by how they treat others. The magnificent ignorance of sociological facts, societal pressures, chronic neglect and abuse, expressed by Good ol' Boy Johnny Hubbard seems in line with so many tragic holdovers from that glorious era of US History in which Men and Women and Children were treated like and sold as chattel. Such profound Ignorance and Prejudice must die when men like Hubbard do. And others need to come forward with a different better vision of humanity. Praise JAH Ras Tafari Haile Sellassie I ( and my apologies for being of the same skin tone as Hubbard). That was an accident of birth.
    My experience is that we all share the same needs and basic humanity and today's generation, thankfully is listening to that logic. Peace & Love.

  6. Michael Gunn says:

    How does a person with these beliefs get elected to congress. And he carries a bible. It shows that him and his constituents are a misguided lot.May all of u burn n hell. The institution of slavery is wicked at best. What if all the incoming Europeans entering the country had to endure 300 years of slavery before they could establish this country. They were mostly exiles from Europe, their worst. But u picked Black people to be oppressed.. Its a sin and a shame…

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