State Rep. Jon Hubbard from Arkansas has recently released his memoir titled “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.” In his memoir, Hubbard offers complaints and grievances commonly found in books written by conservatives, but Hubbard took his work one step further. According to a review at talkbusiness.net, Hubbard argues that slavery was actually a “blessing in disguise” and that African-Americans have benefited from it in the long run.
“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.”
Hubbard doesn’t stop at slavery, he continues and notes that African-Americans are just lazy and don’t value 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?”
Continuing the theme of African-Americans being lazy, Hubbard doesn’t try to sugarcoat it and states his opinions very clearly.
Hubbard’s comments are shocking, but shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. The Republican party has been on the wrong side of racial issues for the better part of the last 100 years. While mainstream Republicans might not be as clear as Hubbard, the underlining core of their bigotry shines through.