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)
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.