Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson removed a Robert E. Lee biography from his office after a page highlighting the Confederate general’s racist ideology was found on display.
The Washington Post reports that James Miller, a representative of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 554 and one of Ferguson’s constituents, was among a group that spotted the biography in Ferguson’s office and was “at a loss for words.”
Image via The Washington Post
The book, titled Gen. Robert Edward Lee: Soldier, Citizen, and Christian Patriot, was opened to a page exhibiting remarkably racist pro-slavery beliefs, reading, “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially, and physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their instruction as a race, and, I hope, will prepare and lead them to better things.”
Ferguson claims he didn’t know about the book until the AFGE members asked about it on Monday during their visit. He also blames the book’s presentation on his staff, who were supposedly responsible for decorating his office.
“As a black man and constituent, I can say that nothing makes you feel more unwelcome in your own member of Congress’ office than seeing such racist memorabilia,” Miller explained.
AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. also added,
“Congressman Ferguson needs to take accountability for what is displayed and presented in his taxpayer-funded office. This offensive book that’s opened to specific pages — and displayed in a glass case — does not haphazardly appear. Someone intentionally displayed the book and this despicable speech was intentionally placed.”
Featured Image via Talking Points Memo