The liberals, Democrats, and media have taken quotes from this article by Arkansas state representative, Jon Hubbard, out of context and spread them all over the nation. This article is included in Hubbard's book along with other articles in the section entitled "Race Relations." (page 172) Hubbard says good things about blacks in this section on Race Relations: He describes them as "a strong and courageous people" as "having the intelligence and resourcefulness to take care of themselves," and that "The black community has much to offer this nation and the entire world." He also refers to "that dreadful period of slavery," and refers to "our brothers and sisters of the black race."
The Jonesboro Sun editor described Hubbard's writing like this: Both sides are piling on — one to gain favor at the ballot box and the other not to lose any... I don't think Jon Hubbard sees himself as a racist. I don't think he intended to paint that picture whatsoever. I think Jon Hubbard is a God-fearing man who believes in the Bible and wanted to be able to justify in his own mind how God could let something as horrible as slavery exist. ("Letters come back to haunt lawmaker" by Chris Wessel, Jonesboro Sun, October 10, 2012)
THE BLESSING IN DISGUISE
page 185 of Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative by Jon Michael Hubbard
For those of us who claim to be Christians, we have come to learn that when God bestows a blessing upon us, he often will also present us with a challenge to go along with that blessing, and sometimes that challenge is an almost insurmountable one. For Moses and the children of Israel, it was forty years of wandering in the wilderness. For those castoff s and indentured servants from other lands who were to make up the core of what would become the United States of America, it was to follow a dream that had never before been successfully accomplished. And for our brothers and sisters of the black race, as hard as it may be to understand and appreciate, slavery just might have been a blessing in disguise, as well as their most difficult challenge ever. Maybe, just maybe, God had a plan for what he allowed to happen.
In the formative years of this great country, there were many immigrants who made their way to this wonderful land, and many of them would soon realize their dreams, and many of their sorrows here. But the prevailing feelings of that time allowed very few members of the black race from Africa or anywhere else to immigrate here, or to assimilate themselves into that American society. 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 this Earth. Often we just don’t understand God’s grand scheme of things, but if we believe that God does indeed test us at times, we just might begin to understand why he did things as he did them.
It just might be that he knew that the black race was indeed a strong and courageous people who could endure an existence in the strange land into which they were about to be placed, and that they would one day reap the reward handed down to them by their brave ancestors: that of being an American. The existence and lifestyle of the people of Africa has been almost unchanged since the beginning of time, and if our black brothers and sisters can allow themselves to see it this way, maybe they can in time develop a better understanding of how and why they were placed here. Would it have been better for black Americans of today if their ancestors had never been brought to these shores? Would their lives honestly have been better as African tribesmen? If things had been reversed, it is very doubtful that the white race would have been able to cope and endure such challenges if enslaved in Africa, as the black race did in America. The e question now is, with the black race several generations into this process, will they allow themselves to take advantage of the gift that was given to them, and redeem those trials and tribulations of their ancestors?
Blacks today must ask themselves, “Is their life better spent as U.S. citizens living in America, or as African tribesmen living in grass huts and constantly searching for their food?” Is life better for black Americans to be living in an America that is still evolving in its understanding of what it means to be a multicultural nation, or would they be more content living under the same conditions as those endured by most living in Africa today? Wouldn’t life for blacks in American today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education? Also, wouldn’t life for blacks in America today be more successful if they would only see government entitlement programs as a last resort, or as for those who simply cannot provide for themselves due to physical or mental handicaps?
Will black pride ever convince their race to take full advantage of those things that would encourage their fellow Americans to see them as equal and contributing members of the American experience? Is black pride enhanced or diminished by the continued acceptance of the victim label, as encouraged by liberal whites and far too many impressionable leaders within the black community?
Blacks today have been taken in by a liberal ideology that sees their vote as their only asset. Many blacks have become great contributors to the American way of life, and although there have been numerous success stories about blacks in America, too many blacks today have bought into the them against us mentality and have fallen into the pit of racial or class warfare as being their only option. Especially for those in the younger generations, a life of crime is
seen as having a more acceptable future than the completion of a good education, followed by the accomplishments gained only from a productive occupation.
Regardless of what members of the black community have been tricked into believing in the past, their success or future cannot be placed in the hands of anyone but themselves. We are all responsible for our own actions, and just as with the white community, success or failure is the result of many individual choices, and how we react as a result of those choices.
Posted October 10, 2012