‘They’ll Go Missing’: GOP Lawmaker Issues Menacing ‘Warning’ to Anti-Confederate Activists
It seems like these days the United States has been reliving some of the more brutal eras of its history. With the Russian hacking, we have gone back to the Cold War, and now with these violent protests over the removal of Confederate statues, we are reliving a Civil War.
The citizenry of this country will always contain a good chunk of crazy people, which is why we rely on elected officials to create a path of maturity in the political conversation. The problem with doing this, of course, is that sometimes the crazies get their fringe candidate elected, and they only make things worse through inciting the public.
It may seem like we are referring to President Trump, but today’s topic is more local. His name is Jason Spencer, a Republican for the Georgia House of Representatives, whose family has had a history of provoking people through derogatory comments. Spencer’s target this time around was LaDawn “LBJ” Blackett Jones, a former Democratic colleague of Spencer’s that reportedly had a good working relationship with him. We say reportedly, because it appears things have soured since then.
After leaving congress, Jones joined the movement advocating the removal of Confederate statues in public spheres. This is a topic that has been around for some time, but came to a volatile head in early August of this year when acts of terrorism were utilized by neo-Nazis against counter-protesters.
In an unsurprising public Facebook post that has since been removed, Spencer joined the conversation by posting a selfie of himself proudly standing next to a Jefferson Davis memorial, all while gleefully informing his constituents to “#DealWithIt” and accept Georgia’s history. Taking obvious issue with this, Jones responded politely, telling Spencer that she would be looking into whether or not this monument was being funded by taxpayer money, and therefore liable for removal.
In a disturbing reaction to her statement, Spencer began to get creepy, first telling her that the people in South Georgia would “not put up with” her actions and that she would be met with “something a lot more definitive” as people “in South Georgia are people of action, not drama.” Spencer also made allusions to the presence of rednecks in the countryside that would violently resist any attempts at removing Confederate memorabilia, showcasing just how deep his racist connections go.
Spencer, in his defense, has claimed that he was simply warning Jones of the potential consequences of her potential actions, but there was something genuinely scary in those comments. If he truly felt he was just warning her, then Spencer would not have removed his Facebook page in response.
Featured image courtesy State of Georgia, public domain