Republican state representative says slavery was a ‘blessing’ for black Americans
A Republican member of Arkansas’ House of Representatives has written a book calling African Americans’ slavery a ‘blessing in disguise’ prompting outrage as a fellow state candidate writes advocating deporting all Muslims.
In Jon Hubbard’s outspoken 2009 book ‘Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative’ the first-term Republican from Jonesboro asked ‘would an existence spent in slavery have been any crueller than a life spent in sub-Saharan Africa?’
Claimed written during his 2008 political season, Hubbard states that his book’s motivation is to inspire others to ‘express’ themselves like him if mutually concerned about America’s future.
Strong words: Rep Jon Hubbard has received heated criticism for his book, left, that calls slavery a blessing in disguise for African Americans who once incorporated into America’s school system degraded it
EXCERPTS FROM REP HUBBARD’S ‘LETTERS TO EDITOR’:
‘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?’
‘…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.’
‘…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?’
- Arkansas Times
His writing created outrage among his own political party, however, with members finding the publication similarly disgraceful to a second book by Arkansas House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville who advocates deporting all Muslims.
State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb called the books ‘highly offensive’ on Saturday and U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican who represents northeast Arkansas, called the writings ‘divisive and racially inflammatory.’
Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House from 1996 to 1998, wrote there is ‘no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States,’ in his 2012 book, titled ‘God’s Law.’
In Hubbard’s, he writes that 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?’
On America’s religion: Hot on the heels of Hubbard’s book, House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville released his own book, left, this year that advises expelling all Muslim followers out of the U.S.
EXCERPTS FROM FEQUA’S ‘GOD’S LAW’:
‘I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.’
‘We cannot continue to sustain the percentage of our population that is in prison. No prison term should be longer than two years. Prison should be unpleasant and rehabilitative. Anyone that cannot be rehabilitated in two years should be executed.’
‘The minimum wage should be set at zero. It is simply a lie that raising the minimum wage helps people at the low end of the pay scale.’
- Arkansas Times
He goes on in another chapter on education saying blacks in America don’t appreciate a good education and at fault to their integration, ‘to the great disappointment of everyone … instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the level of black students.’
He concludes, ‘…our educational system has been in a steady decline ever since.’
A marketing representative for Hubbard didn’t return voicemail messages seeking comment on Saturday.
Fuqua said on Saturday that he hadn’t realized he’d become a target within his own party, which he said surprised him.
‘I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people,’ Fuqua said before hanging up, saying he was busy knocking on voters’ doors. The attorney is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. James McLean in House District 63. Hubbard is running against Democrat Harold Copenhaver in House District 58.
On Amazon.com, the public shared in Webb and Crawford’s criticism.
‘This book is full of blatantly racists quotes and assumptions, and is boggles my mind that this obscenity like this is still being read and that people like him can actually be elected to office,’ a user commented for Hubbard’s book.
‘It should be satire, but the author doesn’t know what that is,’ another titled their review while giving it one out of five starts.
‘This book is full of blatantly racists quotes and assumptions, and is boggles my mind that this obscenity like this is still being read and that people like him can actually be elected to office’
- Amazon review for Hubbard’s Letters to the Editor
A reviewer who gave Hubbard’s book five stars reasoned it being: ‘A must read book: If you are ignorant, racist, stupid, bigotted, and ill-informed. I give this book 5 stars because the author is not afraid to show his true color, and he is proud to be an ignorant racist bigot.’
In stark contrast, Fuqua’s book as of Saturday has received five star ratings from five Amazon reviewers.
‘Regardless of personal opinions, there is no arguing that Fuqua backs up his thoughts with research, facts, and evidence found in history. I found myself reevaluating my perspectives on issues,’ a reviewer wrote.
‘Gods Law, The Only Political Solution lays out a consise [sic] plan for a nation to live in blessing and prosperity, by Divine providence. The problems facing Western Societies today are vast and complex, but the solution can be simple,’ another one added.
‘Regardless of personal opinions, there is no arguing that Fuqua backs up his thoughts with research, facts, and evidence found in history. I found myself reevaluating my perspectives on issues’
- Amazon review for Fuqua’s God’s Law
The November elections could be a crucial turning point in Arkansas politics.
Democrats hold narrow majorities in both chambers, but the GOP has been working hard to swing the Legislature its way for the first time since the end of the Civil War, buoyed by picking up three congressional seats in 2010. Their efforts have also been backed by an influx of money from national political action committees.
Rep. Crawford said Saturday he was ‘disappointed and disturbed.’
‘The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past,’ Crawford said.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., kicked off the GOP’s response Saturday by issuing a release, saying the ‘statements of Hubbard and Fuqua are ridiculous, outrageous and have no place in the civil discourse of either party.’
‘Had I known of these statements, I would not have contributed to their campaigns. I am requesting that they give my contributions to charity,’ said Griffin, who donated $100 to each candidate.