Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro, Arkansas has gotten some national attention for recent remarks that he made about slaver in his new book. The book, “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative,” lays out some of Hubbard’s thoughts about America, race and all the other things that guys like him get frustrated about.
One of the most interesting parts of the book is when Hubbard basically said that slavery was a blessing for black people:
“… 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 goes on to say that African Americans should thank their lucky stars that their ancestors were kidnapped and taken away from their families. He says that given the conditions of sub-Saharan, slavery was a better condition:
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?” (Pages 93 and 189)
Hubbard also said that African Americans don’t value education, which is part of the reason that they are not successful in America:
“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)