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NAACP: Lawmaker should resign over lynch comment

5 months 1 day 5 hours ago Monday, May 22 2017 May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 8:38 PM May 22, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
File Image: Jackson Free Press

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi NAACP is calling for the resignation of a Mississippi lawmaker who said Louisiana officials should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.

Republican Rep. Karl Oliver apologized Monday for the lynching remark that he made Saturday in a Facebook post.

Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson says the apology is not enough and Oliver should step down. Johnson says: "Anyone who champions a fond remembrance of such a violent, racist history is unworthy of elected office."

Sherrilyn Ifill, national president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, says Oliver's post about lynching was "shocking in its ignorance and abhorrent in its violence."

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