Jon Michael Hubbard, what exactly are you trying to say?

The Arkansas Times shows us some choice snippets from a book authored by state Rep. Jon Michael Hubbard, who has very ugly taste in cover design:

“… 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)

Yeah. He elaborates that life in sub-Saharan Africa is so awful that even in slavery, blacks were better off in America. So…the Europeans that forcibly rounded up Africans and imported them to the Americas to become human livestock were actually doing them a favor, because it would’ve been worse to leave them to get on with their lives in Africa. Get it?

Ark Times goes on to share with us more of Hubbard’s pontifications about the fact that there are black people living in America, such as: African-Americans have difficult lives because they do not appreciate the value of a good education, school integration has basically ruined the educational system, African-Americans have not “firmly establish[ed] themselves as inclusive and contributing members of society” (I’m sort of scratching my head over what exactly he means by “inclusive”), and his thoughts on immigration are even more exciting.

He says slavery was a blessing because it gave Africans a chance to become Americans, but now that slavery is over, his view is that black folks ruin everything.

Does the book ever say, in so many words, that “I hate black people”? Because it should. That’s the basic thread that runs through all these ideas.


Yay for activist judges!

Robyn Ochs at Facebook brings us good news about Arkansas!

A judge on Friday struck down a law approved by voters that banned gay couples and other unmarried people living together from being adoptive or foster parents. Judge Chris Piazza of Pulaski County Circuit Court said, “Due process and equal protection are not hollow words without substance.”

Thank you, Judge Piazza!