Martha Huckabay, the president of the Women’s Republican Club of New Orleans, unloaded on social media in defense of a state legislator who said schools ought to teach the “good” parts of the mass enslavement of African people. Amazingly, her vociferous defense was even more blindingly racist than state Rep. Ray Garofalo’s (R) original comment.
Garofalo came under fire after saying Louisiana schools should teach “about everything dealing with slavery, the good, the bad, the ugly.”
Huckabay was incensed about an interview state Rep. Stephanie Hilferty (R) did with CNN about Garofalo’s comments. Huckabay decried Hilferty as a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) for condemning the comments.
“Was their marriages in slavery? Were families and precious babies born (and I am talking about life itself) into or out of slavery? Were slave owners ever known to be ‘GOOD’ to their slaves? Were slaves ever known to LOVE their masters?” she posted in one of her multiple shares of video of the interview.
“Did generations of beautiful LIFE come from those who were sold into slavery, from Africa, and sold by Africans, make America the beautiful DIVERS culture it is today?” she continued.
“Was it true that some slaves never wanted to leave theIr plantation because it had become their home? Were some slaves treated with love and respect by their masters?”
Huckabay goes on to accuse Hilferty of being “indoctrinated by leftis marxisum education.”
Her Facebook feed is mostly filled with QAnon and COVID vaccine conspiracy theories. She even shared a bizarre video of a man jumping that somehow proved that trans women shouldn’t be allowed to compete in sports.
Huckabay believes that “critical race theory” is being taught in grade schools, which she denounced on Facebook as well. It is not.
Critical race theory is an academic movement from the 1970s associated with legal scholars like Patricia J. Williams, Derrick Bell, and Kimberlé Crenshaw. It examined the link between the law and racist power structures and looked to find ways to move towards racial liberation with the law.
Largely unnoticed by most Americans, it became the far-right’s new bogeyman this past year with Donald Trump issuing an executive order banning it, state Republican lawmakers demagoguing it, and conservative media whipping their audience into a frenzy over it.