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USA: Slavery ‘may actually have been a blessing in disguise’ for blacks, says Arkansas State rep

“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.”

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By Louis Peitzman | October 6, 2012

We spend an awful lot of time condemning slavery, but have you ever stopped to think about the good it did?

No, because you’re not a monster. Luckily, Republican State Representative Jon Hubbard of Arkansas has you covered. In his self-published book, Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, he explains the bright side of slavery:

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.

Well, gosh, when you put it that way. Hubbard goes on to argue that a life of slavery would have been “likely much better” than a life back in 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?”

As first discovered by Michael Cook of Talk Business, Hubbard’s book is shockingly backwards for anyone — let alone a state representative. His worldview is grounded in centuries-old racism, including the stereotypes that blacks are lazy, unintelligent, and generally unproductive members of society.

Hubbard wonders if it will “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.” Does anyone want to tell him who the President of the United States is, or should we let him figure that one out on his own?

Even school integration was a bad thing, as blacks simply can’t “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.

Is your white student failing algebra? Chalk it up to desegregation, says Hubbard.

But wait, isn’t there some way we can tie this into Nazi Germany? Of course there is. Hubbard believes the inaction of American Christians is the same as that of the German people who allowed Hitler to take control of the country.

American Christians are assuming a similar stance as did the citizens of Germany during Hitler’s rise to power.

The delightful irony that Hubbard’s views on race relations are not dissimilar to der Führer’s seems to be lost on him. Perhaps someone should let him know.

Read original post here: Arkansas State Rep: Slavery ‘May Actually Have Been a Blessing in Disguise’ for Blacks

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