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Congressman Says Slavery Was “A Blessing In Disguise”

Submitted by on October 7, 2012 – 9:22 amNo Comment

Apparently not happy that his presidential candidate was polling at 0% among African Americans, one of Mitt Romney‘s Republican colleagues is trying to push that number even lower somehow. Rep. John Hubbard of Arkansas wrote that slavery was “a blessing in disguise” in a self-published book, as reported by the Arkansas Times this week… and that’s just the beginning.

Max Bentley at the Times compiles some of the choicest excerpts from Hubbard’s “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.” Among other critiques, Hubbard makes clear that he thinks African Americans are generally stupid and lazy, and that they should be grateful that their enslaved ancestors were brought to “the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.”

Slavery was good 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)

If you think slavery was bad, you should have seen Africa:

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)

Black people are ignorant:

“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)

Hubbard also adds that integration only caused black students to drag down white students, and that he doesn’t like any immigrants either (legal or illegal).

But while investigating offensive Arkansas Republicans, Bentley found a depressingly large supply. He points out that Neo-Confederate Rep. Loy Mauch, while obviously not hiding his stance on race relations, is published several times writing that slavery must be okay, because Jesus and Paul never spoke against it.

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