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Old 10-13-2012, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arkansas Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard is currently running for a state House seat, and his 2010 self-published book, entitled Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, has resurfaced and is attracting a lot of attention. In the book he states that slavery may “have been a blessing in disguise” for blacks. Hubbard 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.” (pages 183-89)

And Hubbard doesn’t stop there. The Arkansas Times reported Friday morning on Hubbard’s extremism. The right-wing conservative has argued that black students lack discipline and ambition, even claiming that “white students dropped to the level of black students,” through the integration of schools.

… 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 questions, “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?”

The Arkansas lawmaker follows up the previous comments with another question:

…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)

According to the New York Daily News, state GOP chairman Doyle Webb called Hubbard’s book “highly offensive.” Republican Rep. Rick Crawford has also called it “divisive and racially inflammatory.”

Hubbard, a vocal advocate for more strict immigration policies, states on the front page of his website that “perhaps the most important pledge I can make to the people of District 58, the citizens of Arkansas, and to myself, is to do whatever I can to defend, protect, and preserve our Christian heritage.”

With such controversial views, it remains to be seen whether or not Hubbard will be elected to an Arkansas state House seat this fall.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A racist Republican from Arkansas. I am shocked.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

Whenever somebody says that America is "the greatest nation ever established on the face of the earth" it makes me cringe a little bit, makes himself sound really annoying.

I mean it's not too shabby but come on there are better places to live.
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

Another "Wish Warren Zevon was here" moment for me I gotta say.
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

He kind of has a point I hate to say. I mean pick a black person at random and say, "Would you be better off right now if you ancestor's weren't brought to America as slaves?" I honestly think the answer would be "Yes" for a good portion of them. Obviously this doesn't make slavery any less awful just that it's allowed a lot of the ancestors of slaves to become American citizens, which I think is certainly a plus.

As far as the statement about black students having less discipline I hate to say it again but he has a point. I'm a Criminal Justice major and crime for young blacks are significantly higher than those of young white men. While he may have a point here he's failing to address the issue though. The issue is why there is such extreme social disparity between races.
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

Wish El Chapo was here for this.
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He kind of has a point I hate to say. I mean pick a black person at random and say, "Would you be better off right now if you ancestor's weren't brought to America as slaves?" I honestly think the answer would be "Yes" for a good portion of them. Obviously this doesn't make slavery any less awful just that it's allowed a lot of the ancestors of slaves to become American citizens, which I think is certainly a plus.

As far as the statement about black students having less discipline I hate to say it again but he has a point. I'm a Criminal Justice major and crime for young blacks are significantly higher than those of young white men. While he may have a point here he's failing to address the issue though. The issue is why there is such extreme social disparity between races.
More about the situation in which most are raised. Nature vs. Nuture bro.

Why do you think impoverished whites end up having trouble with the law? Depends on the situation in which you're brought up.
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT???


How was slavery a blessing in disguise, especially when we're facing some of the same challenges we have since the beginning? We're still not treated as equals, for the most part. And even worse, the hatred we endured for so long is now being displayed towards the Hispanic and Middle Eastern communities. Sucks for everybody.

But, don't blame us for the shortcomings of this nation as a whole. It's overpopulated, racism is obviously alive & well and the educational system, as a whole, is a joke.

Fuck him in the ass!!!
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

It was a pretty big part of American economy, that part is true.
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Default Re: Arkansas politician: "Slavery was a blessing in disguise."

I'm from and currently live in Arkasnas. I'm so sorry for people like this.
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