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A federal labor union has asked for a proper apology from a Georgia Republican after spotting a historical e-book in his workplace that promoted Confederate ideology.
Six members of the American Federation of Government Staff stopped by the office of Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) and found the 1897 e-book “Basic Robert Edward Lee: Soldier, Citizen and Christian Patriot,” open to a web page advocating white supremacy, reported WRAL-TV.
The open guide displayed this passage: “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially, and bodily. The painful discipline they’re undergoing is important for their instruction as a race, and, I hope, will prepare and cause them to higher things.”
Octavius Miller, who works with the Transportation Safety Administration, stated he observed the ebook in a glass case within the reception space, and he was shocked by what he read as he waited to satisfy Ferguson.
“The fact that this passage feels that me and my ancestors of shade are immeasurably higher off in the USA of America being slaves than we have been in Africa, that’s so disrespectful,” Miller stated. “My first reaction was to flip this little case the wrong way up, and I had to think about why I used to be there, what I do for a dwelling, but the disrespect and the inattention to all the things that people who find themselves colored like myself and the pigmentation of my pores and skin needed to cope with … it enraged me.”
The union members had gone to Ferguson’s office to discuss TSA staff’ rights, and Miller determined to photograph the pages because he couldn’t consider what he saw, and he later shared the photographs with CNN.
Ferguson, who was a dentist earlier than getting into politics in 2016, is Miller’s congressional representative.
Shekina Givens, the union local president, asked a Ferguson staffer concerning the guide, however the aide stated he wasn’t conscious of it or the passage the visitors cited, however stated additionally they had a piece of George Washington’s hair on show within the workplace.
A scheduling mixup ended up stopping Ferguson from meeting with the union members, they usually contacted his workplace later to ask for an apology and looking for to have the e-book removed.
Ferguson’s chief of employees, Bobby Sararow, referred to as Miller Tuesday to apologize and report the ebook had been removed.
“He stated he wasn’t aware the guide was there,” Miller stated. “He apologized perhaps 15 occasions on the telephone. It appeared as if they only stated what was essential to try to mitigate the state of affairs.”
The union still needs a public apology from the congressman himself.