I’ve been trying to “get over slavery,” as some of my Conservative friends who I prefer to call racial enablers of the Republican party always say. But the problem is that I’m not rich. Because of this fact, I cannot afford to spend the kind of money it requires to law on a shrinks couch in an attempt to, “get over it.” Be that as it may, with me being a professional racism chaser, my Conservative friends aren’t making getting over it any easier. Take Arkansas lawmaker, Jon Hubbard for example. Hubbard who is white, just so happens to be a “frustrated” conservative. Gotta love post-racialness…
Not that I know Hubbard personally, but the fact that he wrote a book in 2010 entitled Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, tells me that he has a lot of pent-up frustrations to get off of his chest. And according to The Arkansas Times, some of it has to do with his feelings about African-Americans. In particular, it would seem that part of his frustration has to do with our lack of collective gratitude for the genocidal institution that was slavery.
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 has since come under fire from the Arkansas GOP who has decided not to continue funding his current re-elction campaign. But in true “I’m white and I can do no wrong fashion,” Hubbard says his writing is being taken out of context: “They attacked me because I’m a conservative, and they’ve taken small portions of my book out of context, and distorted what was said to make it appear that I am racist, which is totally and completely false.” Context? What other meaning is there to be drawn from his words? Surely he isn’t suggesting that slavery was atrocious, was he?
Now I don’t know about you, but if you were black like me it would be nearly impossible to “get over slavery,” as long as racist minds like Hubbard’s exist. What’s even more troubling is that this man works in Arkansas state legislature. But of course for many of you reading this, his expressed views aren’t problematic. In fact, I’m willing to bet that many of you reading this, actually agree with Hubbard’s opinion. How do I know, you ask? Because the sophistry of the position that slavery was a blessing in disguise for black folks, is one that is rooted in White Supremacy.
And of course, when you’re white, you’re right:
“If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?” – Rep. Loy Mauch (R-AR.)
Yep, what’s a little oppression and dehumanization for centuries when it gives you the privilege of being called an American, right? After all, “the blacks” were a people who could “endure” the circumstance of slavery in the new world and should be grateful because Africa didn’t have BET.
Forgive me for being an ingrate, but I wasn’t sure whether laws permitting me to read still existed.