Racism Alive in Arkansas

Racism is alive and well, at least among some legislators in Arkansas. This week the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette exposed three Republicans, two who currently serve as state representatives and one former representative who is seeking to return to office, for blatantly racist and radical statements.

One is Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro. In a 2009 book, he wrote “no one can argue that  the institution of slavery was not cruel in most every respect; however, knowing what we know now about life on the African continent, would an existence spent in slavery have been any crueler than a life spent in sub-Saharan Africa?’

Really? Better to be a slave in the American South, than a free person in your native land? Duh!

In the same book, Hubbard wrote, “The black community has been reluctant to understand that government entitlement programs were only intended to help move them out of poverty and toward self-reliance and not to become their livelihood.”

Really? Do you think black people are turning down all those high paying jobs they’re being offered?

Another sitting state representative, Loy Mausch of Bismarck, also commenting on slavery, writing in a 2003 letter to the editor, “Nowhere in the Holy Bible have a found a word of condemnation for the operation of slavery, Old and New Testament. If slavery was so bad, why didn’t Jesus, Paul or the prophets say something?”

Really Mr. Mausch? Jesus didn’t say anything about dandruff, child molestation, beastiality, cancer, or light beer. Are those OK too?

Charles Fuqua of Batesville is seeking election to the legislature in which he formerly served.

Writing just last year about the millions of Muslim-Americans, he stated, “the Muslim religion is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution” and “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States. We will either expell them or be killed by them.”

Really Charles? Have you ever heard of freedom of religion?

Even more shocking, in the same book, Fuqua advocates killing disobedient children.

“A child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives  an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents.” Fuqua cited a Bible verse from Deuteronomy which calls for the stoning of disobedient children.

Really Mr. Fuqua? Were you stoned when you said this?

What’s really troubling is that these aren’t drunk rednecks saying these things. These are our elected leaders, people who are at the top of the state pecking order. These are people who are supposed to represent the views of the rest of us in Arkansas.

This is exactly the sort of thing that makes our region look stupid, backward, and bigoted. But maybe that’s because too many people in the South are stupid, backward and bigoted.

The Republican party chairman in Arkansas has made a point of saying that these three Republicans do not represent the views of the state party. But the state party did contribute $2,500 to each of their campaigns.

This isn’t just one crazed extremist, it’s three of them. And if these three are willing  to go on the record with their outdated and fanatical views, one has to wonder how many legislators and Arkansas citizens sympathize with these ideas, and are just smart enough in these politically correct times not to air them.

Another question is whether these views will have an impact in next month’s election. It will be interesting to see if Arkansas voters are willing to return these bozos to the legislature.

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