Why White America has had Little Response to Mississippi Representative Karl Oliver’s Threat to Lead a Lynch Mob to Protect Confederate Statues

I guess that it is little more than a “Sign of the Times” that we are witnessing the appearance of a steady stream of elected officials displaying absolutely no consideration for constituents’ interests and viewpoints. The alluded to individuals uncloak themselves as white supremacists whenever contentious racial matters arise in the public sphere. It is unclear if the alluded to elected representatives are merely pandering to a rabble-rousing element of white racist voters upon whom their political power and relevancy rest; it is obvious that Mississippi State Representative Karl Oliver is afflicted by a toxic combination of a gross lack of impulse control and stupidity. In many ways, Oliver is Representative Democracies worst nightmare.

I am uncertain if I should call it ironic or revealing, however, the 46th District that elected the 54-year-old Karl Oliver is the location of the small town of Money. Just in case you are unaware of the historical significance of Money, Mississippi, it is the site that 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till was visiting when J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant seized him from his Uncle Moses Wright’s residence before torturing and then lynching him before submerging his bruised and battered body in the Tallahatchie River. Let us also not forget that it was a jury composed of most likely the grandparents of present day voters that elected the Koch brother supported Oliver to office that had in the words of the Milam and Bryant’s Defense Attorney “the courage to acquit” the accused of all charges after a few hours of deliberation.

The presence of a person like Karl Oliver among a civilized populace is a chilling proposal without his election to a political office. Consider for a moment that it is Representative Oliver, who after realizing that there is a powerful grassroots movement washing across the South and demanding the removal of monuments dedicated to rebellious Southern leaders, who offered his fellow statesmen the following draconian method of resistance.

“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.”

Far too often, whites feign ignorance regarding the continuing existence of bigotry and racial bias in their midst. Oliver’s assertion that all of those that challenge “OUR HISTORY…should be LYNCHED!” reminds one of the intolerance and tyranny that led to not only Emmett Louis Till’s lynching, but also similar demonic deeds by white men in the centuries preceding Till’s arrival in the Magnolia state. The prevalence of such public utterances and private lamentations makes it tough for any reasonable person to give any credence to whites continuing denial of their countrymen’s bigotry.

Although I doubt that my words will have any impact on the good white folk of Mississippi, however, they need to understand that their election of a figure such as Karl Oliver should not only be a public embarrassment, but also a significant impetus for them to do more than a few seasons of soul searching. Trust me when I say that it would be more beneficial to them than it would to us.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

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