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Republican Representatives:  Slavery a “blessing” for African-Americans, kill the prisoners, and kick out the Muslim Americans.

There is genuinely something racist in the soul of the America these days, and that this demon will have to be confronted and exorcised to restore sanity into our country.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Jon Hubbard.   
Representative Hubbard hails from Jonesboro, Arkansas.  
Hubbard has recently self-published a book titled:  “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.”

What is perhaps most intriguing about racists like Hubbard is that they make no attempt what so ever at disguising their vile hatred of entire blocks of humanity.

Representative Hubbard has intriguing views on slavery, namely that it was a “blessing” for African-Americans.   
Here is Hubbard, in his own words.  

“… 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 of his Letters to the Editor)

Hubbard’s own website states: 

I will whole heartedly fight to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against “all” enemies, both foreign and domestic.

The idea of fighting to support and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies is of course part of the Oath of Office that all elected officials take.   The issue, rather, is with the way that Hubbard interprets and adds the emphasis to the "all" the enemies [his quote marks]—the need to identify enemies both inside and outside the country.    It is this type of paranoia and pursuit of “enemies”—real and imagined, especially domestically—that has haunting echoes of what we have already seen in Fascism, Nazism, and the McCarthy era of this country.   In other words, Hubbard treats the Oath of Office as a McCarthy pledge that requires him to have a domestic enemy for him to fulfill it, rather than a Constitutional pledge to build a better union for all the citizens of this country.

Sadly, Hubbard is not an isolated case.    His fellow Arkansas Republican Representative, John Fuqua, fares as badly in advocating exterminating the US prison population (which has a high percentage of minorities).  Here is Fuqua’s solution to the prison overpopulation problem:  Kill them.  Fuqua in his own words:

We cannot continue to sustain the percentage of our population that is in prison. No prison term should be longer than two years. Prison should be unpleasant and rehabilitative. Anyone that cannot be rehabilitated in two years should be executed. [emphasis supplied by Fuqua]

Not surprisingly, haters tend to be equal-opportunity-haters.   Once a person has closed his/her heart to one block of humanity, it is that much easier to close one’s heart to others.   Here is Fuqua’s solution to what he perceives as the “Muslim problem”:   kick them all out.

I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.

Somehow it does not seem to occur to Fuqua that he is talking about deporting millions of American citizens.   
Not surprisingly, he does not view Muslims as real Americans.

It bears to be repeated.    This ugliness, this hatred, this racism, this Islamophobia, has been a part of our history, and it still festers in the sick soul of America.   
Yet this is not all we are, and not all we are capable of being.   
There is a struggle for the very soul of America, and how we respond to these hateful voices will go a long way to determine the health and fate of our soul.

Dr. King once committed his mission to “save the soul of America.”   
This was the mission of the SCLC, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The human body suffers from diseases and ailments.  So does the human soul, individually and collectively.  
A worldview that leads one to close one’s eyes to the humanity of one’s fellow human beings is indeed a disease of the soul.   

Something is rotten in the soul of America when hateful racists like these are elected to public office.   
What is needed is not just kicking them out of office (though that is a necessary first step), it is also redeeming the soul.  

The soul of America needs redeeming. 

It is up to us whether to rise to that challenge.   
WE have to insist on a better America.

Regardless of your choice of political party, we have to insist that these types of voices and perspectives have but one place:  in the dustbin of history.

As Brother Cornel West says:  "Somethin' Somethin' just ain't right"....in the soul of America.  

I don't want us to curse America. 
I want us to be part of redeeming the soul of this country from the vile disease of racism that is running rampant in far too many places.
May we, all of us, regardless of party affiliation, be part of that redemption.

 

Tags: african-americans, martin luther king, muslims, prisoners, racism, representative, republicans, sclc, slavery

Comments

  1. Once again you move the analysis to a deeper level. Thank you. Other bloggers seem content to lambaste these two politicians (rightly so), whereas you move beyond the ‘easy slam’ (which doesn’t accomplish very much in and of itself) to at least lay the framework of a more penetrating analysis. Brother Plato would have a few things to say about the soul of a nation as well and Justice being the health of that soul.

  2. Fortunately, there are far more Americans who embrace diversity and work against racism than there are those who spew hatred like this fellow.

  3. I can’t help wondering if you just WANTED to be upset with Hubbard’s statements on slavery. I didn’t read anything in his excerpts that you provided saying he APPROVED of slavery. In fact, when he called it, “a blessing in disguise” he out right said it was a TERRIBLE thing (hence the disguise) but at least some good came of it. I mean just think about times you’ve heard people use that phrase. It’s always something that they first perceived as bad, but later were able to see something good come out of it. How is it racist for him to say that at least the American slaves (and their descendants) were able to get citizenship in this country, which he believes to be the greatest?

    The oath to protect America against all enemies both foreign and domestic actually exists, which you admit, but again, why are you offended by the emphasis on the “all”? The interpretation you gave for his use of quotations was again NOT apparent from the excerpt you provided and I didn’t see any evidence for it other than you’d already decided to hate the guy. I interpreted it to mean the gigantic bloated government we have!

    Furthermore, Fuqua’s statement about the prisons is at least an attempt at seriously addressing an issue that has only been getting worse as long as I can remember it. What’s you solution? Why is color important? He never even mentions it!

    I do however agree with you about Fuqua’s ridiculous “Muslim problem” statement. The media and mainstream christianity have done nothing in this country since September 2, 2001 but their best to brainwash us into hating the followers of a religion that is not as different from the Judeo Christian Tradition as they seem to want us to believe. (That does make it easier for them to get us to support their desire to go to war again!)

    I guess if you have your mind made up about someone because you see they are affiliated with a particular group you will always see what you want to.

    One thing I’ve always wondered when I read things from people like you, Omid, (and by “you” I mean that define themselves by the color of their skin), is this, “Why can’t we just all be Americans?” Why do some American Citizens feel the need to separate themselves into a particular group and demand we recognize them as being different from the rest of us AND THEN, (once that group IS recognized by society), whine and complain to treat them like everyone else? Let’s look at a silly thing like movie awards for an example: The Latino Movie Awards, Black Movie Awards, Gay and Lesbian Awards, this list could go on forever! Can’t everyone just go to the Oscars and be happy?

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