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.

Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Those books received attention on Internet news sites Friday.
Jon Hubbard

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?’

House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville
House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville

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.

Public take: Reviewers of Jon Hubbard's book on Amazon gave it an average of one out of five stars with some users calling it blatantly racist and ignorantPublic take: Reviewers of Jon Hubbard’s book on Amazon  gave it an average of one out of five stars with some users calling it blatantly  racist and ignorant

‘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.

Praise: In contrast to Hubbard's book reviews on Amazon.com, users gave Fuqua's God's Law five star ratings on the websitePraise: In contrast to Hubbard’s book reviews on  Amazon.com, users gave Fuqua’s God’s Law five star ratings on the website

‘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.

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