Racist comments made in book by Arkansas Rep.

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Amid what some are calling a racist comment written in a book by an Arkansas state representative, the Arkansas Republican Party released a response statement Saturday.

According to a report by online newspaper "Huffington Post," Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has written a new book in which he says slavery was "a blessing" for African-Americans.

Hubbard, a first term Republican from Jonesboro, makes a series of racially charged statements in the self-published book.

In other statement among the book he said that integration of schools is hurting white students, that African slaves had better lives under slavery than in Africa, that blacks are not contributing to society, and that a situation is developing in the United States which is similar to that of Nazi Germany.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement in response to comments made by Rep. Jon Hubbard:

"The reported statements made by Hubbard were highly offensive to many Americans and do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas."

"While we respect their right to freedom of expression and thought, we strongly disagree with those ideas.

"It's unfortunate the Democratic Party of Arkansas is attempting to hold onto one-party control by engaging in distractions that do nothing to put hardworking Arkansans back to work and rebuild our economy."

The questionable statements in Hubbard's book, "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative," were first reported by Arkansas Times and

Regarding slavery, Hubbard wrote:

" the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth." (Pages 183-89)

Hubbard also tackled immigration and said that Christians in America are in a similar position to that of Germans during Hitler's rise to power.

"... the immigration issue, both legal and illegal ... will lead to planned wars or extermination. Although now this seems to be barbaric and uncivilized, it will at some point become as necessary as eating and breathing." (Page 9)