The lengths that some Southerners will go to fight for the legacy of white supremacy is extremely scary.
A Georgia Republican told a former Black female colleague earlier this week that she and others supporting the removal of state-sponsored Confederate monuments and landmarks could “go missing.”
According to the Huff Post, attorney and former state Democratic Rep. LaDawn Jones said she was shocked by state Rep. Jason Spencer’s comments that escalated during a Facebook debate. See, it all started when Spencer posted a picture of the Jefferson Davis memorial to which Jones criticized his support for Confederate monuments, arguing that they shouldn’t be supported by state tax dollars.
Spencer didn’t take to Jones’ objections and decided to take it a whole other level.
“Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant,” he wrote. “The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta. It best you move on.”
Jones pointed out to Spencer that his sentiments sounded like a physical threat, a threat that she later told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution didn’t cause her to fear for her life. However, she was still concerned with the message it sent.
“If it were anybody other than Jason Spencer, then I would be alarmed. But we had a unique relationship in the Georgia legislature,” Jones said. “If that had come from anybody else, I’d take it as a serious threat.”
Spencer claims that he didn’t mean Jones any harm—he just wanted to warn her “how people can behave about this issue.”
Uh huh, whatever you say Sir.