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Arkansas Republican Legislator: Slavery Was Good For Blacks, Integration Was Bad For Whites

Arkansas State Representative Jon Hubbard has some, well, odd views about racial matters:

[T]he 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.”but in

(….)

“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?”

(…)

[O]ne 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.”

That comes from a book written, not in 1959, but in 2009.

H/T: Taegan Goddard

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

Comments

  1. Anderson says:

    I’m sure the Arkansas GOP will drum him right out of their party.

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  2. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Nooooo… Can’t be.

    All my conservative pals tell me that we are living in a “post-racial” society.

    That’s why we need to get rid of all those pesky affermative action laws, right?

    Because buffons like Hubbard are no longer supposed to exist, much less be a State Representative.

    Seriously… Does he have a Hood to go with that statement?

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  3. DC Loser says:

    I’m not holding my breath.

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  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    ..the immigration issue, both legal and illegal… will lead to planned wars or (of)extermination. Although now this seems to be barbaric and uncivilized, it will at some point become as necessary as eating and breathing.” (Page 9)

    and

    “American Christians are assuming a similar stance as did the citizens of Germany during Hitler’s rise to power.” (Page 158)

    After reading that 2nd quote I went ???????????????????????????????? Is he actually saying that American Christians are becoming Nazi’s? Really????

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  5. legion says:

    Wow. Just……. wow. I am at a loss to describe the stupid.

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  6. ernieyeball says:

    Am I suprised? No.
    Over the course of 35 years I have worked in 14 states. North, South, East and West. My home base has always been the Midwest. America’s “Heartland”.
    A long time ago I stopped being suprised when far too many white folks everywhere assumed that since I am white I wanted to hear them refer to black citizens as ni99ers or worse. (Many times a lot worse.)
    It took me a while to get my balls on but for some time now I have found it easy to let people know that I am not interested in their honkey talk.
    I know it won’t change their ways but I do want them to know I’m not part of their cabal.

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  7. Hal 10000 says:

    The “slaves were the lucky ones” meme is one I’ve heard before. Neal Boortz has said that many times.

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  8. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Dubya Tee Eff, Doug, is up with your priorities?

    A State Representative gets above-the-fold coverage from you. A Cabinet Secretary is found to have violated the Hatch Act? Never heard of it. Univision uncovers more and more Fast & Furious deaths, including a teen party massacre? Not news. The Libyan myth is unraveling at a record clip, and not a peep. The Obama administration works to subvert the WARN Act for nakedly political reasons, and utter silence.

    But one obscure lawmaker from a nothing state says something stupid… that’s front-page news as long as it’s a Republican you can use to bash all conservatives.

    Doug, aren’t you getting a little stifled, wearing that mask all the time?

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  9. suphxier says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: Abominable values and shocking reasoning, I agree, but please turn down the sarcasm Liberal Capitalist. I’m a Democrat sick of this kind of thing regardless of party.

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  10. legion says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13: If you’re so upset that these “big stories” aren’t getting adequate attention, perhaps you should start a blog of your own, rather than lamely trying to hijack every single thread you comment on over here?

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  11. Moosebreath says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    ““American Christians are assuming a similar stance as did the citizens of Germany during Hitler’s rise to power.” (Page 158)

    After reading that 2nd quote I went ???????????????????????????????? Is he actually saying that American Christians are becoming Nazi’s? Really????”

    No, he’s just saying they stand in the same position as German did before they learned how to goosestep. Or something.

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  12. @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Above the fold? It’s a Quick Take.

    And the fact that there are still vile racists like this who not only exist, not hold political power, strikes me as at least somewhat relevant.

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  13. swbarnes2 says:

    But remember, Joyner is going to defeat this from the inside of the Republican Party, and black people who refuse to vote for the party that celebrates this kind of stuff are the real racists.

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  14. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Doug Mataconis: You certainly think it more relevant than any of the other issues I brought up. I thought a lawyer would be interested in the utterly lawless nature of the Obama administration — my bad.

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  15. mantis says:

    @Jay Tea’s puppet Jenos Idanian #13:

    Why don’t you go back to blogging at Wizbang, where you can write about whatever you please, instead of trying to hijack every thread here to talk about your pet issues?

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  16. Rick Almeida says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Yep, Doug sure hasn’t written anything about Libya.

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  17. Remember, the GOP believes that paying a (relatively) small percentage of your income to taxation is slavery, but actual slavery is no biggie.

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  18. Ron Beasley says:

    Now here’s the real lunatic.

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  19. anjin-san says:

    Seriously Jenos, do you ever stop whining?

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  20. Mr. Replica says:

    Edit: I got ninja’d by Ron.

    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Evolution, Big Bang ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’

    “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

    According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.

    When these types of assholes are serving on the house science committee, it really should not shock anyone when the rest of the world thinks the U.S. is filled with idiots.

    I have an idea! Lets create a house committee regarding religion, and then stock it with nothing but atheists!

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  21. Ron Beasley says:

    @Mr. Replica:

    I have an idea! Lets create a house committee regarding religion, and then stock it with nothing but atheists!

    Good idea but in this country I doubt enough atheists could get elected to form a committee.

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  22. Mr. Replica says:

    @Ron Beasley:

    That’s not a problem.
    Just do something similar to what republicans did in 2010. Run on a popular meme like “jobs, jobs, jobs.” then when they get elected, they can turn around and allow their religious ideology, or non-religious ideology in this case, to determine how they govern.

    Piece of cake.

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  23. John Peabody says:

    Dumbass.

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  24. wr says:

    @Doug Mataconis: “And the fact that there are still vile racists like this who not only exist, not hold political power, strikes me as at least somewhat relevant. ”

    Yes, but you see “Jenos” already knows all this. It’s just that he doesn’t call them vile racists. He calls them his peers.

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  25. wr says:

    @mantis: Interesting that Jay Tea doesn’t blog at Wizbang anymore, and has to slime around here under a constant stream of new names. You think he finally got too tiresome and too loathesome even for the Wizbang bottom dwellers, and they banned him from their pages?

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  26. sam says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    A State Representative gets above-the-fold coverage from you

    It’s a sidebar, dope.

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  27. Tony W says:

    I try to be a moderate, but I must say – that the R’s welcome this trash into their coalition makes it doubly difficult to ever pull the lever for one of their ilk – even one far removed from this individual.

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  28. al-Ameda says:

    All of this is in the context of the general feeling among Republicans that reverse racism is a bigger problem than traditional slavery and segregation-based racism.

    I’ve always thought that maybe Lincoln made a mistake when he preserved the Union – after all, after we fought the Civil War, we transitioned into a period of about 100 years of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Maybe we should have let the South secede?

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  29. swbarnes2 says:

    @al-Ameda:

    All of this is in the context of the general feeling among Republicans that reverse racism is a bigger problem than traditional slavery and segregation-based racism.

    How could it be otherwise? Slavery and racism aren’t a problem for straight white men, being called a racist is, hence, only the last is a problem to Republicans.

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  30. grumpy realist says:

    And then people on the right whine about how black people vote for Democrats……hey, we have doofuses, but we don’t have clowns running around saying that Slavery Was Good For Black People.

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