Sunday, October 7, 2012

Slavery was a ‘blessing in disguise’ – Really!!!

Something’s people say are insensitive and sometimes outrageous. Often times within these statements you will find truth! For example, a GOP State Representative from Arkansas has released a book that he is calling his own personal memoir, which means he is revealing his soul. Most of the Good Ol’ Boys routinely blow what we have come to know as the typical conservative dog whistles. No, No, No, not this guy –he screams his racism loud and clear.

I know this post may help his book sales but I thought it was more important to call-out this guy for the bigot that he is. Arkansas State Representative Jon Hubbard writes in this newly released memoir titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative" a host of complaints and grievances commonly spoken by conservatives. However, he exercises his freedom of speech to extremely take his work one step further.

As reported by Michael Cook's post on
Hubbard argues that slavery was actually a "blessing in disguise" and that African-Americans have benefited from it in the long run. From reading Hubbard’s writings, it is clear he believes that African-Americans are lazy, ignorant, lack discipline and that they should be thankful they were once enslaved. Let’s start looking at the extreme words Hubbard put to paper:

First, Hubbard believes that slavery was, in the end, a good thing for African-Americans:
“… 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. 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.” (Pages 183-89)

Here is what Hubbard is really saying: Hey black folks, yeah, I know, we kept you in chains for hundreds of years, beat you, raped your women, lynched innocent teenagers, destroyed your families, but isn’t that really a good thing?

Hubbard believes integrating schools is harmful to white students because, in his opinion, blacks are lazy, have no discipline and are causing a decline in education:
“… one of the stated purposes of school integration was to bring black students up to a level close to that of white students. 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.”  (Page 27)

Hubbard believes blacks are too ignorant to know the value of a good education:
“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?”  (Page 184)

Hubbard believes black folks were lucky they were once enslaved because living in Africa is bad:
African Americans must “understand that even while in the throes of slavery, their lives as Americans are likely much better than they ever would have enjoyed living in sub-Saharan Africa.”

“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?” (Pages 93 and 189)

Here is where Hubbard basically says black folks are lazy and don’t do anything worthwhile:
“… 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?”  (Page 187)
Although I should not have been surprised because this is what’s considered mainstream for the Republican base and maybe the new “Citizens Counsel” we know as the Tea Party. In this political environment, which is not all that much different under the surface than it was in the days and times where the conservatives want to take America back too. You know the mantra, “we want to take back our country”!

I did a little research and have not found a single word from any so called conservative who has condemn this intolerance and ignorant attitude. While the mainstream Republicans party might not be as clear as Hubbard, the underlining core of their bigotry shines through. Silence  speak volumes!

Let me just add that the faith of this year’s presidential candidate did not allow Black people to participate or become members until 1968. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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