Mississippi Representative Calls to ‘Lynch’ Lawmakers Supporting Confederate Monument Removal

A push in a handful of Southern states to remove monuments dedicated to Confederate soldiers and leaders has drawn the ire of certain right-wing individuals fervently opposed to these actions.

A Republican state representative from Mississippi, Karl Oliver, expressed his outrage over Louisiana’s removal of several Confederate monuments on Facebook this past weekend.

In his post, Oliver called for Louisiana politicians behind this campaign to be “lynched.” With no sense of irony, the Mississippi lawmaker accused their actions of being “Nazi-ish.”

Oliver’s since-deleted post reads as follows:

The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. 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! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.

Earlier this month, Louisiana’s House approved a bill that would protect all war monuments located on public property, but it has yet to pass through the Senate. Regardless, such legislation would not necessarily protect monuments being relocated to new public locations, like museums.

So far, three statues in New Orleans — including those depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis — have already been removed.

It’s rather ironic to hear the argument that removing these monuments constitutes an act of disrespect — especially when it comes to New Orleans, a city with a majority black population.

Contrary to what historical revisionists may try to claim, the American Civil War was largely predicated on whether or not the ownership of black people would end — or more accurately, the slim prospect of emancipation, as President Lincoln had not originally intended to abolish slavery when entering the White House.

In truth, it’s genuinely disrespectful to use public property to honor individuals who fought to keep black people as property.

As for Oliver’s post, it is deeply troubling that the representative so blithely called for violence against Louisiana’s leadership — particularly lynching, a form of violence once popularly used among groups like the Ku Klux Klan against black Americans.

Recently, Care2 reported on a rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia. The demonstration involved a large group of people assembling at night, while wielding blazing torches as part of a protest against the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. White supremacist Richard Spencer attended the event, chanting Nazi slogans including “Blood and soil” and “Hail our people, hail victory.”

The gathering strongly resembled the once frequent rallies organized by Ku Klux Klan members. Critics of the protest, including Charlottesville’s mayor, claim this was not a coincidence and clearly served as an effort to intimidate the town’s non-white residents.

The United States is treading into dangerous territory. If hate groups can openly reemerge and if calls to murder politicians can be made publicly without consequence, these incidents will only serve to embolden white nationalists. These disturbing events also signal to non-white Americans that they are not safe.

Free speech is not boundless, especially when it involves terrorism and threats of physical violence. Though he has since publicly apologized for his remarks, Rep. Karl Oliver has proven he is unfit to hold office and must resign now.

On top of that, he should prove that he understands the severity of his comments and that he is truly sorry by donating his salary to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S.

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Photo Credit: State of Mississippi

56 comments

Telica R
Telica R1 years ago

Smh

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

This was wrong, but so is removing historical monuments!

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Magdalen B
Magdalen B1 years ago

This incitement to murder should not be tolerated. He should be arrested and so should that vicious idiot who attacked the reporter.

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william Miller
william Miller1 years ago

thanks

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Carl R
Carl R1 years ago

Thanks!!!!

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Andrew I
Andrew I1 years ago

hey assholes, when you lose a war, you don't get to keep your flag and pay tribute to the winning side's dead enemies. by the logic the south is employing, there ought to be mexican flags in the southwest, statues of british royalty on the east coast, and that saddam sculpture ought to be replaced over in Iraq. the confederate army lost, so til the south rises again,

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Karen H
Karen H1 years ago

Let's lynch the lawmakers who support removing Confederate monuments, but we'll ignore those who remove healthcare from women and children.

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Rose R
Rose R1 years ago

So much for Republican conservative love. smh

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A1 years ago

I've signed it.

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