GOP lawmaker: Politicians who favor removal of Confederate symbols should be 'lynched'

Laverne Mann
May 23, 2017

MS state Rep. Karl Oliver, who is white, apologized Monday for a Facebook post he wrote Saturday in which he mentioned lynching as punishment for removing Confederate statues.

A Republican state lawmaker in MS, the last remaining state in the U.S. to carry the Confederate battle emblem within its official flag, has posted an incendiary threat on social media calling for those removing Confederate monuments from public display to be lynched.

Oliver posted the message with a photo of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue, which a New Orleans' construction dismantled on Friday.

"Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our state", added Oliver, who has been in the state legislature since 2016.

Oliver is a funeral director and first-term lawmaker who represents a district that includes the tiny town of Money, where black teenager Emmett Till was kidnapped before being lynched in 1955, allegedly for whistling at a white woman in a grocery store.

Two other Republican state representatives "liked" Oliver's Facebook post.

The Free Press also reported on Oliver past year, when he replied to a Gulfport resident's email about budget cuts with his own email, which read in part, "The people of our Great State overwhelmingly share my same or similar views on Government responsibility. We call on Rep. Oliver to apologize", he posted.

Several Mississippi officials, Republican and Democratic, condemned Oliver's original post.

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"I condemn the comments recently posted on Facebook by Rep. Karl Oliver".

Although Oliver apologized, many politicians are not satisfied and believe a stricter punishment is necessary.

A MS lawmaker is saying Louisiana leaders should be "lynched" for removing Confederate monuments.

"[These comments] do not reflect the views of the Republican Party, the leadership of the House of Representatives or the House as a whole", Gunn said in an email, reported by Mississippi Today.

Three statues removed in New Orleans were of Confederate figures and a fourth honored white supremacy.

The chairmen of the Mississippi House and Senate Democratic caucus - Sen. He accused Louisiana officials of acting in a Nazi-like fashion.

State Rep. Karl Oliver expressed his frustration over the weekend with a growing movement to get rid of monuments that critics say celebrate slavery.

Bryant says Oliver's language is "unacceptable and has no place in civil discourse".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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