Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard: Slavery ‘May Have Been a Blessing in Disguise for Blacks’

Arkansas state rep Jon Hubbard slavery a blessing in disguise
Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard: Slavery ‘May Have Been a Blessing in Disguise for Blacks’ (Photo credit: Jon Hubbard)

Another Republican is showing his true colors — Arkansas state Rep. Jon Hubbard believes that slavery was a blessing in disguise. Well, that’s according to what he wrote in his book, “Letters to the Editor:  Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.” He seems to believe blacks are lazy (as Romney spokesman John Sununu said earlier this week), ignorant, lack discipline and should be thankful they were enslaved, according to Hubbard is a first term representative from Jonesboro.

TalkBusiness. net‘s Michael Cook reports Hubbard believes that slavery was, in the end, a good thing for blacks:

“… 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)

Hubbard believes integrating schools is harmful to white students because, in his opinion, blacks are lazy, have no discipline and are causing a decline in 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.”  (Page 27)

Hubbard believes blacks are too ignorant to know the value of a good 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?”  (Page 184)

People like Jon Hubbard are the reason why blacks don’t take the Republican Party serious for a minute. You have Newt Gingrich calling the President Obama a Food Stamp President, who may need a lot of sleep (lazy) and likes to play basketball (black) and John Sununu saying he needs to learn to be an American and is lazy, all code words to describe blacks. I never thought for a minute that being denigrated, rape, beaten, lynched, forced to live under Jim Crow, denied an equal education, and the right to vote a blessing in disguise.

  • [quote]He seems to believe blacks are lazy (as Romney spokesman John Sununu said earlier this week),[/quote]

    WOW JANET – I didn’t think that your journalistic integrity could sink any lower.


    I understand that you live vicariously through Obama’s every “insult” but I wonder how you can spin a comment targeted at ONE MAN into a RACIAL INDICTMENT against all Black people?

    Might this be “Lazy Journalism” on your part?

  • The Republican party was formed for the purpose of delivering Africans from Slavery and were willing to go to war for them. This man is ignorant and so are the readers who think he represents Republicanism. Look which party supported human & voting rights for blacks-hint it was not Democrats. In fact Dems uniformly opposed black rights until Kennedy shamed some of them to change their attitude in the 1960s. See George Wallace- etc,,