Mississippi Lawmaker In Hotwater Over Lynching Comments


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A newly elected Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for comments he posted on facebook suggesting Louisiana officials should be “lynched” for removing Confederate monuments in New Orleans. State Representative Karl Oliver of Winona who represents District 46, comprised of Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery and Webster counties compared the actions of Louisiana authorities to those of the Nazis and vowed he’d never allow the same thing to happen in Mississippi. In a written statement Oliver said “I, first and foremost, wish to extend this apology for any embarrassment I have caused to both my colleagues and fellow Mississippians. In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, I acknowledge the word ‘lynched’ was wrong. I am very sorry.” Oliver’s district includes the town of Money, Mississippi near Greenwood where the brutal murder and lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till occurred 62 years ago.


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