Rep. Jon Hubbard, the Republican state congressman for the district that includes Jonesboro, Arkansas, appears to have only dug a deeper hole for himself when speaking to a local newspaper this week. Rep. Hubbard was responding to criticism that has attacked him in recent days after word got out that his 2009 self-published book celebrated slavery as “a blessing”for African Americans.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,” Hubbard wrote in his Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative. “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.”
Elsewhere in his book, Hubbard added,
Hubbard’s writings were pounced on by both the press and his political opponents earlier in the month, leading the state rep to reach out to the Jonesboro Sun on Tuesday to clarify his intentions. In his attempt, however, he has already come under attack once more for again making insensitive comments being considered by some as more racist than his original statements.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have since come out against not only Hubbard but a team of two other members of the state’s Republican Party: Rep. Loy Mauch (R-Bismarck) and legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua. In unrelated instances, both GOP members have also come under fire as of late: Rep. Mauch for defending slavery in America and Fuque for calling for the deportation of Muslims and the execution of rebellious children.
As the state Republican Party scrambles to find a way to distance themselves from Hubbard and his cohorts, though, things are only getting worse. On Thursday, Rep. Hubbard sent a letter to the Sun attacking an alleged smear campaign being waged against him and his colleagues as condemnation only intensified.
On his official website, Rep. Hubbard says he is not a politician – nor has he ever desired to be one – but is rather,
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