(WMC-TV) – For years you've heard slavery described as the kidnapping of African men and women who were then sold like cattle in America.
Now, nearly 400 years after the first group of Africans were forced into American slavery, Arkansas Representative Jon Hubbard has created a firestorm with his new book titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative".
In one quote from the book, Hubbard claims "slavery may actually have been a blessing in disguise because in resulted in slaves gaining citizenship in the greatest nation on earth".
In 2011, Representative Hubbard gave a state committee chairman a tongue lashing during a meeting.
But now its Hubbard getting the tongue lashings about comments people are calling racist.
Arkansas resident Carolyn Love explained her stance on Hubbard's statements.
"I just think that's terrible in these days and times. It's 2012, it shouldn't be like that you know and if that's what you got to do to get the votes then you shouldn't be in office," said Love.
Historian Elaine Turner is outraged too. She runs "Slavehaven", a Memphis museum that operates out of a house that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.
"You know, if there was a blessing, African people were a blessing to America because it gave to America. It gave its genius, it gave its best you know in science and medicine," said Turner.
And Hubbard's book doesn't just deal with slavery. His comments on African-Americans and education has mid-Southerners speaking out also.
That's because Hubbard's book claims "that instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the level of black students".
Historians like Turner say comments like that are divisive and confusing.
"In this day in time there is no excuse," Turner stated.
Hubbard is a first term republican from Jonesboro, Arkansas.
He has also spoken out on immigration and said that Christians in America are in a similar position to that of Germans during Hitler's rise to power.