MS lawmaker says people who remove Confederate statues should be lynched

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A State Congressman in MS made a disturbing comment over the weekend, calling for the violent hanging of anyone who contributes to the removal of Confederate monuments.

The post was in response to the removal of three Confederate monuments and a monument to white supremacy in New Orleans.

Mr Oliver triggered a wave of criticism after posting on his Facebook page on Saturday night that the destruction of the monuments is "heinous and horrific", and that Louisiana leaders should be lynched.

"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 added. His district includes Money, Mississippi, the town where a 14-year-old black boy named Emmett Till was lynched by two white men in 1955.

The Facebook post also drew at least one Twitter rebuke from a Democratic member of the state's House of Representatives.

Oliver did not immediately respond to email and phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment Monday. "We call on Rep. Oliver to apologize".

Oliver issued a statement Monday apologizing.

The New Orleans statue removal has been a topic filled with controversy.

Additionally, Sen. Sollie B. Norwood, D-Jackson, believes Oliver's said what he meant in his original post.

The Monumental Task Committee disagreed with the monuments' uprooting, saying, "Mayor [Mitch] Landrieu and the City Council have stripped New Orleans of nationally recognized historic landmarks".

Gunn said Oliver's remarks "do not reflect the views of the Republican party, the leadership of the House of Representatives or the House as a whole".

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.

Democrats have spoken out vehemently against Oliver's statements, calling them "hateful, offensive, and ignorant", and "very treacherous and threatening language" considering the South's bad history of lynching African-Americans. But David McDowell, the head of the Mississippi Democratic Trust, an organization that helps elect Democrats to office, said Oliver's "very treacherous and threatening language" was "shocking".

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