MS representative's Facebook post condemned by lawmakers
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 5:03
"The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific", Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona said in a post Saturday night, which was removed from his page Monday. "Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State". The paper adds the monuments removed from New Orleans aren't to be destroyed as Oliver suggested, but will likely appear in museums.
"I think if the leadership in MS state government wants to be responsible, they should join the call for Rep. Oliver's resignation".
Bill Stone of Holly Springs and Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis - issued a joint statement condemning Oliver's post.
"In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, the word "lynched" was wrong". I am very sorry. "It is in no way, ever, an appropriate term", he continued.
In a public statement apologizing Monday, Oliver asked for forgiveness and said he regrets his choice of words.
The post was later removed, but not before two other state lawmakers liked it, according to Mississippi Today. His district includes the community of Money, where 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in 1955. Outrage over his lynching helped spark the civil rights movement.
Oliver issued a statement Monday apologizing. Republican Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn revoked Oliver's vice chairmanship of a House committee.
The Black Caucus says that an apology is just mere protocol and to them it is not enough.
Johnson said, 'anyone who champions a fond remembrance of such violent, racist history is unworthy of elected office'. He accused Louisiana officials of acting in a Nazi-like fashion.
The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies against the Union in the Civil War of 1861-65, was the most prominent and the last of New Orleans' four Confederate monuments.
Landrieu has said that private funding would be used for the removal, but when the city had to step up security, the costs of removal escalated.
"Now that everyone can see MS state Rep. Oliver's position on the matter clearly, his message proves our fight to tackle the issue of race head-on is both right and necessary", Landrieu said. It was the fourth taken down after the city council voted in 2015 to remove the monuments many in the majority-black city called offensive. That included posting snipers above monument removal sites and large-scale deployment of New Orleans Police Department officers. It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans - the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. "New Orleans was America's largest slave market, a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were bought, sold, and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor, of misery, of rape, of torture", he explained.
America was the place where almost 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined "separate but equal"; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp.
"I was just shocked. But we can not be afraid of our truth".
But backlash has been building against removing Confederate monuments. Fire department officials were also deployed in response to the monument removals because that's a standard protocol when homeland security resources are needed, Landrieu has said.