Arkansas GOP State Rep Thinks Slavery Was Blessing in Disguise for Blacks Republican State Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro, Arkansas has some instructive things to say about black Americans in his book available on Amazon, Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative. For example, he believes that slavery was a blessing in disguise for black people, as pointed out earlier today by Talk Business. Hubbard justifies slavery as a blessing for black people because they got citizenship in America as a result (never mind that they may have preferred to live with their families rather than be abducted and sold as human slaves): Hubbard wants African Americans to appreciate all that they gained via slavery: Hubbard seeks to justify slavery by suggesting that it was no worse than living in Africa: Hubbards frustrations are clear. Black people are ruining our education system when they should be grateful that we used them as human tools to enrich the elite whites: Hubbard calls himself a Christian in his opening, and then proceeds to explain how it was a blessing for other human beings to be subjugated to the often brutal conditions of human slavery, stolen from their home land and ripped away from their families, so that they could enjoy the freedom of America once they were lucky enough to obtain citizenship. Hubbards resentments are pretty common among Southern Republicans (and it seems, Republicans in general these days). They feel put upon by having the inequity and immorality of slavery pointed out, and their response is that black people were really actually lucky to be slaves and theyve had about enough complaining from liberals and blacks about the inequities in the system. Shut up and be grateful is the message. Hubbard goes on in his book to explain that Democrats give entitlement handouts to blacks in order to keep them dependent. If those words are ringing a bell, its because Mitt Romney has made a campaign of these underlying ideas as his recent caught on tape comments about the 47% revealed, lest anyone still be unclear as to the point of his inaccurate welfare to work ads. The Republican message in 2012 is: Lets restore America to the way it was back when white men had power and the brown people knew their place and were grateful for it. The brown people are ruining American education and sucking the system dry they are to blame for all of our woes. (Ive factchecked this over and over again, but just in case, there are more white people on food stamps and Obama did not remove the work requirement from welfare.) Republicans claim they arent racists, and then things like this happen and are met with the silence of complicity until they go mainstream (see Todd Akin), at which point Republicans run away from the person caught, but not from the underlying beliefs and ideas that so repulsed the nation (see the Republican Party platform that mirrors Todd Akins beliefs on womens health). How do we know this? Because Hubbard published this on March 29, of 2009 and he was subsequently installed in the state House in 2010, with the Tea Party sweep of the nation. Who paid for his campaign? Party committees, aka the Republican Party. Hubbard is being challenged this year by Democrat Harold Copenhaven. Lest you think Hubbards racism is confined to the written page, he demanded a state funded audit into whether the University of Arkansas spent any money discussing the plight of undocumented workers. Hubbard also refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues in the 2012 Political Courage Test, reminding Americans that Mitt Romney isnt the only policy ghost in town.