Jon Hubbard, Arkansas legislator claims slavery 'blessing in disguise' for blacks
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Jon Hubbard, Arkansas legislator claims slavery 'blessing in disguise' for blacks

Jonesboro : AR : USA | Oct 07, 2012 at 10:20 AM PDT
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Jon Hubbard: Racist, Republican- Representative?

In a statement that is sure to stir a hornet’s nest, Arkansas GOP legislator Jon Hubbard in his latest book declares that slavery may have actually been “a blessing in disguise” for the African-American community.

The debatable contention, among several other racially provocative ones, is made by Hubbard, a first term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, in his new book, "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative."

On the subject of slavery, Hubbard in his book on pages 183-89 writes:

“… 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.”

In his self-published book, Hubbard says the integration of schools between African Americans and whites is hurting the entire educational system, describing the blacks as those lacking in “discipline and ambition”

The Air Force veteran says on page 27:

“…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.”

Furthermore, according to Hubbard, African slaves had better lives under slavery in America than in Africa. Check out his opinion: 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.”

With regard to immigration, Hubbard opines in his new book that blacks were not contributing to society. Christians in the U.S, he says, are in a situation comparable to Nazi Germany, going on to even make a dire prediction.

“... the immigration issue, both legal and illegal ... will lead to planned wars or extermination. Although now this seems to be barbaric and uncivilized, it will at some point become as necessary as eating and breathing." (Page 9)

On his campaign website, Hubbard says as an Arkansas state lawmaker he will do all he can to defend and protect Christianity and preserve Christian heritage. “Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, if we as a nation continue to turn away from those Christian principles and values upon which this great nation was founded, we will have truly lost everything worth saving!” he declares.

Presently, Hubbard sells insurance in Arkansas and Missouri. He is also on the board of many legislative committees. Some of these bodies tackle issues pertaining to insurance, aging, telecommunications, and waterways and aeronautics policy.

Opinion: The radical pronouncements made by the Republican legislator in his new book may help him in gaining some brownie points among certain segment of readers due to its provocative claims, but in no way can it benefit American citizens, irrespective of their color. It can only exacerbate the already tenuous relationship existing between the two communities.

Instead of bringing whites and blacks closer together to work towards America’s progress, Hubbard’s provocative statements looks to be an attempt at further isolating the black community, which is as it is grappling with its own set of problems in society.

Hubbard talks about upholding and defending Christian principles and values, forgetting that the same Christianity talks about peace and brotherhood without bias between human beings on the basis of their color, caste or creed or for that matter from where they originally came from.

Besides, the Biblical perspective on history clearly states that all people in the globe have descended from one couple, Adam and Eve (Genesis 1-3) as well as from Noah and his wife. Which in turn means humanity is fundamentally one race, though there may be various ethnic communities, tribes, nations so on and so forth.

America is what it is today due to its immigrants. It’s a melting pot of myriad ethnic races, which in turn has taken the nation to the pinnacle. The U.S. is one of the most powerful nations in the world not just due to the contribution of whites (which in any case is a misnomer) but a whole lot of people coming from different parts of the world.

What Hubbard is doing is shaking the very fabric of society, the democratic foundation on which the American Constitution is based. As a legislator in a responsible post, it would behoove him to exercise more restraint while expressing his thoughts when his endeavor as a public representative ought to be to bring together communities instead of creating unnecessary division.

Sources: Huffington Post/ The Arkansas Times/ Talk Business.net

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