Hubbard's observation reminded me of my 1972 job interview...
Professor Williams, I don't envy you. It must be exhausting and discouraging to deal with a population that seems to be less and less able to understand the rules of logic that once were taught in 8th grade (do kids do algebraic proofs any more?). So now your find it necessary to explain that gravity isn't evil, even though it may be implicated in the death of someone who falls from a mountain or leaps from a bridge. And we need your help to understand why we shouldn't hold people responsible today for something that was done 150 years and more ago. And that we should especially not hold them responsible just because they happen to have a certain skin color! One would think this would be evident to more people, but, alas, it isn't.
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative." Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, "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."
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