Georgia Rep Warns Black Former Colleague She Might “Go Missing” If Confederate Statues Come Down

September 1, 2017  |  

Georgia State Representatives LaDawn Jones and Jason Spencer
Credit: Georgia House of Representatives

Image via Georgia House of Representatives

White folks are grasping, y’all. Grasping to keep the current world order in tact, grasping to suppress and oppress differing voices and grasping to persuade Black folks, particularly Black women for standing up for themselves.

We’ve known it. We’ve seen countless examples of it. Still, personally, I’m always amazed by it.

The most recent incident to hit the news cycle comes from the Georgia Legislature. State representative Jason Spencer, who represents a district in southern part of the state, posted a now-deleted picture of himself standing next to a memorial of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

LaDawn Jones, who sat next to Spencer in the Georgia House of Representatives for four years, until 2016, and has advocated for the removal of the statues, responded to the picture.

“Get it in…before it is torn down.”

The two went back and forth on the Facebook post until Spencer said that if she and others kept up the fight to rid the state of their Confederate monuments, “I can’t guarantee you won’t be met wtih torches but something a lot more definitive.”

Later, he added that people who are calling for the removal of the statues, “will go missing in the Okefenokee,” (a small swamp and national wildlife refuse in southern Georgia.)

He continued still, “To many necks are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

Jones responded.

“Sounds like a threat of physical violence…is that what we are doing now? Desperate times call for desperate measures, huh? Afraid of what is going to happen in southern GA? I saw those white supremacist crying when s— really hit the fan. See I won’t threaten your safety. I don’t have to.”

Spencer reached out to the AJC to say that his words weren’t a threat as much as they were a “warning to her of how people can behave about this issue”

“She is from Atlanta – and the rest of Georgia sees this issue very differently,” he said. “Just trying to keep her safe if she decided to come down and raise hell about the memorial in the back yards of folks who will see this as an unwelcome aggression from the left.”

Later, Spencer released a Facebook statement saying he regretted his choice of words.

“I was trying to warn her that there really are people who would harm others over the issue,” he wrote. “In light of the recent tragic murder of a woman in Charlottesville, I believe that a certain degree of caution is necessary. I still do.”

Jones said that the two are longtime frenemies.

“If that had come from anybody else, I’d take it as a serious threat.” Still, Jones said Spencer’s words left her feeling “concerned…because if that’s representative of what people in south Georgia think, then yikes.”

Sis, you already know that’s what they think. Spencer wasn’t lying. And honestly, frenemy or not, I still wouldn’t turn my back to that man either.

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