GOP State Rep: People Removing Confederate Monuments Should be “Lynched”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Mississippi state Representative Karl Oliver (R) is on the hot seat today for running his mouth on Facebook.

Rep. Oliver condemned the movement to remove Confederate monuments on Facebook by comparing its leaders to Nazis and calling for them to be "LYNCHED!"

Rep. Karl Oliver, R-Winona, wrote: “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 represents the city of Money, Mississippi, which you may know as the city where Emmett Till was actually lynched.

Oliver, who is completely bereft of self-awareness, issued an apology this morning for using the word "lynch" but not for comparing people to Nazis or the overall sentiment.

"I, first and foremost, wish to extend this apology for any embarrassment I have caused to both my colleagues and fellow Mississippians," Oliver said in a written response. "In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, I acknowledge the word 'lynched' was wrong. I am very sorry. It is in no way, ever, an appropriate term. I deeply regret that I chose this word, and I do not condone the actions I referenced, nor do I believe them in my heart. I freely admit my choice of words was horribly wrong, and I humbly ask your forgiveness."

I firmly believe that people who can't control themselves should refrain from using social media but, on the hand, it does conveniently allow them to publicly incriminate themselves and their movements. Trump's Muslim ban, for example, has been held up in court, in part, because of Trump's tweets.

  • muselet

    “Southern Americans.”

    DId anyone else shudder when they read that phrase?


    • Nefercat


    • Aynwrong

      I missed that. Jesus…

  • Nefercat

    It’s not “our” history. It is not the history of the United States of America or of citizens of the USA.

    It is the history of the Confederate States of America. They seceded from the USA and their citizens fought to destroy the USA.

    They lost the war. Their country is no more. If they want to preserve monuments to people who wanted to destroy this country, let them do it on private land, not on land that belongs to citizens of this country.

    • Aynwrong

      Well said.

  • Badgerite

    I got one word for this SOB. Andersonville. Google it, you lain brained imbecilic throwback to barbarity. To quote Falkner; “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”
    This isn’t about history. Not even close. This is about the here and now. And them having the power to ram their unholy regard for those who fought a war to preserve slavery down the throats of those whose ancestors were enslaved. And down the throats of those whose ancestors fought to establish a Union where slavery was not tolerated. And everyone, including themselves, knows this. There is a reason that ML King referred to Stone Mountain in his “I Have a Dream” speech. It is because Stone Mountain is where confederate generals, and leaders are immortalized as somehow ‘good’. They were not. It is about them having the power to keep that legacy of hate alive in the present and the future. And that should not be tolerated in the United States of America.

  • Username1016

    Such a lack of historical sense. I read some article the other day citing the pro-monument arguments that are being put forward… and they were jaw-droppingly ill-informed as to what that war was even about. More money for education! Stop pushing STEM at the expense of history and civics!

    • It’s not so much the money or pushing STEM as it is due to the fact that conservatives have had control of local school boards over the last couple of decades and they have had an effect on what is and is not included in textbooks including the BS theory that the Civil War was about Northern Aggression and basically an issue of States Rights.

      • Aynwrong

        * Cue conservatives whining about liberals who are “intolerant” of differing “opinions.” *

      • Username1016

        Some of each, for sure. When schools are underfunded, you don’t get great teachers who can go beyond the textbook, among other things. So bad textbooks can poison the whole process.

        • ninjaf

          And it doesn’t help that the state of Texas has an outsized influence in the textbooks that get published and sold nation wide.

          • Christopher Foxx

            As does California, so there is some counter-balancing.

            But, thanks to the rise of digital curricula and materials, the economic grip TX and CA have had on textbook publishers is loosening.

          • ninjaf

            I had not heard that California was a large influence on textbooks. Interesting. I just remember the brouhaha over Texas wanting to add creationist language to science text books and how that would affect something like 80% of text books available to school districts nation wide. I don’t remember any mention of California being able to do the same.

          • Christopher Foxx

            California and Texas are large markets for the textbook publishers. It just isn’t economical for them to print 50 versions of their textbooks to meet each state’s different standards. So the books published for CA and TX tend to be what’s available for the other states. (Interestingly, Florida also has some influence for similar reasons, and Georgia just sticks to it’s own standards.)

            You’ve probably heard of Texas’s influence but not California’s because California isn’t trying to remove science and historical fact from their standards. It’s the crazy uncle who spouts nonsense that makes the evening news, not the one that calmly goes about his business.

  • Aynwrong

    The last thing any American should ever want is to forget the history of the Confederacy. It practiced a hateful ideology that should have no place in modern day American society. It committed treason and waged war in defense of that ideology. However it can be remembered without being honored.

    These folks should be grateful that confederate monuments are only being removed. After all, we could have gone another route. 🙂

    • Draxiar

      “…it can be remembered without being honored.”
      Dammit that’s good! Bravo!

      • Aynwrong

        Thanks. And I’ve been wanting to use the GIF for awhile now.

        • Ken Kohl

          you could use it for the regime removal series of posts 😉

          • Aynwrong

            By the time Trump is out of office… That’s gonna be a lotta posts.

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