State Rep: People Who Oppose Confederate Statues Should Be Lynched

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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A Mississippi Republican lawmaker posted a Facebook status calling for the lynching of people who oppose Confederate monuments Sunday night.

State Rep. Karl Oliver criticized Louisiana residents who support the removal of Confederate statues from their state, reports the Root.

“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,” Oliver wrote in a now deleted Facebook post.

Officials in New Orleans, Louisiana have already removed four statues honoring Confederate war heroes; they removed a statute of Robert E. Lee Friday.

Democratic state representatives quickly came out to condemn Oliver for his Facebook post. Rep. Jeramey Anderson, called Oliver’s comments “hateful, offensive and ignorant” while a black senator criticized his reference to lynching.

“The shameful, but seemingly extremely comfortable, choice of words used by my colleague Rep. Karl Oliver, were offensive to me as the act of lynching was commonly used and most targeted toward African American men, women and children in the south and especially in our state,” Mississippi state Rep. Sonia Barnes, a Democrat, said in a statement.

Oliver did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.

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