Republican Lawmaker Threatens: Those Removing Confederate Monuments 'Should Be Lynched'

Francis Harris
May 23, 2017

Karl Oliver has apologized for a Facebook posting over the weekend in which he suggested the "leadership" of New Orleans should be "lynched" over the removal of four controversial Confederate-era monuments.

While Oliver frames his opposition to removing Confederate monuments in terms of preserving history, Breitbart - the right-wing publication formerly run by Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon - wrote that their removal signaled a "victory for political correctness".

"If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, "leadership" of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED!" he wrote.

Oliver's district includes Money, Mississippi, the small town where Emmett Till, aged 14, was brutally murdered after talking to a white woman in a grocery store.

Gunn said he heard about Oliver's Facebook post late Sunday and called Oliver early Monday and told him to apologize.

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

Gunn said he removed Oliver as vice chairman of the House Forestry Committee because of Oliver's original Facebook post.

Oliver's post drew bipartisan criticism in Mississippi. The Mississippi House of Representatives sent the news site a statement: "Like all members of the House, Representative Oliver reserves the right to voice his opinion on any matter he chooses".

On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered what the New Orleans Times-Picayune describes as a "passionate defense" of the monuments' removal.

Oliver, a funeral home director from Winona, said on Monday that he had embarrassed fellow legislators and the state and that his choice of words was inappropriate.

Representative Jeramey Anderson also posted to social media saying, "I am offended and outraged that a public official in 2017 would, with an obvious conviction and clear conscience, call for and promote one of the most cruel, viscous, and wicked acts in American history".

Bryant says Oliver's language is "unacceptable and has no place in civil discourse". Bill Stone of Holly Springs and Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis - issued a joint statement condemning Oliver's post.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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