There’s an old saying in public speaking courses – say it out loud to yourself first, you just might learn that it sounds ridiculous.

With that in mind: Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Queens) probably should have practiced this one in the mirror.

Aubry, upset over Governor Cuomo’s backtracking on a proposal to provide free education to prisoners, compared criticism of the program to slavery.

Via The Record:

The governor two years ago came to the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus church service and decided to announce that we, the state of New York, were going to reinvest in college in the state prisons in New York,” Aubry said. “And a hell storm blew him back 20 years into the hole.”

“He didn’t talk about it again, right, because upstate folks, union folks, the correction officers union, all of the reactionaries across the top of this state just hooted and hollered and screamed. (Joe) Six-pack got in charge, ‘No we can’t do that. I can’t send my kids. How can we send them? We need to punish, punish, punish, punish.’”

Aubry, a Queens Democrat who is one of three deputy speakers in the Assembly, then compared the prison system’s denial of college courses to inmates to slavery.

“You know what, there was a time in this country where if you were black and a slave it was against the law to teach you … those who would teach you were punished and those who were taught were punished. I wonder if this is not the same scenario.”

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