Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

New Orleans Mayor's Speech on Confederate Monuments That's Going Viral

New Orleans Mayor's Speech on Confederate Monuments That's Going Viral

A MS lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states.

Black Mississippi Sen. Derrick T. Simmons (D) shared Oliver's post on his own social media accounts to make people aware of the type of leaders representing The Magnolia State. Johnson says: "Anyone who champions a fond remembrance of such a violent, racist history is unworthy of elected office".

"I think if the leadership in MS state government wants to be responsible, they should join the call for Rep. Oliver's resignation".

A MS lawmaker says he was wrong to call for Louisiana leaders to be lynched for removing Confederate monuments and is asking for forgiveness.

Now, Oliver has issued a written apology as well as a statement by phone walking back his post.

Republican Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona apologized on Monday for referring to lynching in a Facebook post Saturday.

"In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, the word "lynched" was wrong".

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Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) also denounced Oliver's post, asserting that the comments "do not reflect the views of the Republican Party, the leadership of the House of Representatives or the House as a whole". That included posting snipers above monument removal sites and large-scale deployment of New Orleans Police Department officers. The paper adds the monuments removed from New Orleans aren't to be destroyed as Oliver suggested, but will likely appear in museums.

In a Facebook post that has since been removed, Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver took issue with the controversial ongoing removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

On Friday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu presided over the fourth and final planned removal of decades-old statues honoring the Confederacy.

"Why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame-all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans".

"Calling for a lynching, calling for everyone involved to be hanged, is inciting the murder of American citizens, and that's a crime that ought to be prosecuted", Gray said Monday. "But we can not be afraid of our truth".

The goal of the cult, Landrieu said, was to "rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity".

Rumors emerged that fire department officials were also used in removing the monuments, but Landrieu said that firefighters were not required nor asked to volunteer to help in the removal. There are over 15,000 monuments and historical markers related to the Civil War.

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