A Georgia state representative warned a black lawyer that she could “go missing” if she continues to fight against Confederate statues in a Facebook post Tuesday.
State Rep. Jason Spencer and LaDawn Jones, a former state representative, argued over Facebook after Spencer posted a picture of him in front of the Jefferson Davis monument with the caption “This is Georgia’s history,” reports Raw Story.
“Yes get it in … before it is torn down. Are state tax dollars going to this? If so I need to take a closer look at the state budget. I’ll deal with it but don’t want to pay for it,” Jones, a current lawyer, responded to the post.
Spencer proceeded to tell Jones that she should “move on” because the Confederate statues were going to be around for a while.
“Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant. The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta,” Spencer said, later adding “I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive.”
Spencer eventually alleged Jones could “go missing” over her continued fight against Confederate monuments.
“They will go missing in the Okefenokee (swamp). Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em,” Spencer wrote.
Spencer later clarified his remarks to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, saying he wasn’t threatening Jones personally, but trying to warn her about the harm other people could do.
“She is from Atlanta – and the rest of Georgia sees this issue very differently,” Spencer said. “Just trying to keep her safe if she decided to come down and raise hell about the memorial in the back yards of folks who will see this as an unwelcome aggression from the left.”
As for Jones, she said she was concerned about his comments but acknowledged that the two have a “unique relationship” after working together at the Georgia Legislature.
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