First-term state representative Karl Oliver has sparked a firestorm over his comments on Louisiana leadership after four Confederate monuments were taken down in the city of New Orleans.
Rep. Oliver says in his post :
“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, a Republican, represents District 46, comprised of Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery and Webster counties. It’s important to note that Money, Mississippi falls under his constituency. Money is the town in which the brutal murder and lynching of 14 year-old Emmett Till occurred 62 years ago.
Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef condemned the comments:
“Rep. Oliver’s comments were offensive, do not represent the Mississippi Republican Party and have no place in our public discourse. I hope he will quickly clear up his remarks to make his point without these inappropriate comments.”
SuperTalk & News Mississippi have reached out to Rep. Karl Oliver and are awaiting a response.