Louisiana leaders should be 'lynched,' MS lawmaker says after Confederate monuments removed

  • Louisiana leaders should be 'lynched,' MS lawmaker says after Confederate monuments removed

Louisiana leaders should be 'lynched,' MS lawmaker says after Confederate monuments removed

With one click to post to Facebook, Representative Karl Oliver ignited a firestorm of controversy.

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Kayley Ryan - Shame on any Mississippian or person who advocates for the lynching of their neighbors.

"Anyone who champions a fond remembrance of such a violent, racist history is unworthy of elected office", Johnson said.

Sherrilyn Ifill, national president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, says Oliver's post about lynching was "shocking in its ignorance and abhorrent in its violence".

"Representative Oliver's comments are offensive, do not represent the Mississippi Republican Party and have no place in our public discourse", Nosef said in a press release. The others honored Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, all of whom betrayed the United States and fought against the union during the Civil War to preserve slavery.

Oliver's comments Saturday received more than 1,000 comments and has been shared nearly 500 times. The original post had more than 1,500 comments when it was taken down, many of them sharply critical of Oliver. Landrieu said the change was out of safety concerns because the statue was close to electrical wires and New Orleans' famous streetcar lines.

As previously reported by The Root, the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed last Friday, making it the last of four Confederate monuments to go down.

He wrote: "The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific".

In fact, New Orleans's decision has been so controversial that city workers and officials who removed the monuments received death threats and had to wear military helmets and bulletproof vests.

In an emailed statement, Oliver said, "I deeply regret that I chose this word [lynching]".

The statues will be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, such as a museum. He accused Louisiana officials of acting in a Nazi-like fashion.

Oliver apologized Monday, May 22, for saying on his Facebook page that Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states.

House Speaker Philip Gunn wrote an email condemning Oliver's words.

Karl Oliver, a Christian Republican, has given us all another reason to point out why Christianity should never be synonymous with goodness, kindness, or common sense.