NAACP calls on Rep. Karl Oliver to resign
The Mississippi NAACP is calling for the resignation of Republican State Representative Karl Oliver for his remarks saying Louisiana officials should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.
Oliver apologized Monday for the lynching remark he made Saturday in a Facebook post. Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson says the apology is not enough and Oliver should step down.
Johnson said, ‘anyone who champions a fond remembrance of such violent, racist history is unworthy of elected office.’
The National President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says Oliver’s post about lynching was ‘shocking in its ignorance.’
State Representative Christopher Bell said, “For him to make a statement like that exemplifies why people leave the state of Mississippi. No one wants to have this backwards thought process such as he. It’s time for us to get over that. This is not 1816, this is 2017.”
This is not the first time Representative Karl Oliver has come under fire. Last March, Oliver wrote to a Gulfport resident telling her he could not care less about her opinion and suggested she leave the state after she asked him to vote against a tax bill.