Georgia lawmaker: Talk of ditching Confederate statues could cause Democrat to ‘go missing’

State Rep. Jason Spencer reviews legislation. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

A Georgia Republican lawmaker warned a Democratic former colleague who criticized his support for Civil War monuments on Facebook that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continues to call for the removal of statues in south Georgia.

State Rep. Jason Spencer, a Woodbine Republican, also wrote former state Rep. LaDawn Jones that “people in South Georgia are people of action, not drama” and suggested some who don’t understand that “will go missing in the Okefenokee.”

“Too many necks they are red around here,” he wrote. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.”

Jones, who represented an Atlanta-based district from 2012 to 2016, responded that she saw his remarks as a “threat of physical violence” but said she was confident that future generations will abandon a “we are better than them” mentality.

“Enjoy but know … WINTER IS COMING,” wrote Jones, who is black. “You know it too … otherwise you wouldn’t have found a need to even make this post or those hollow threats of not coming to south GA.”

Spencer said in a text message that his words were not meant as a threat, but instead 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,” said Spencer, who was elected in 2010 to represent the southeast Georgia district. “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.”

Spencer also asked that we include a picture he provided of him standing in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument that was unveiled Monday on the Georgia Capitol grounds.

Jones said in an interview that Spencer sat next to her for four years in the Georgia House and that they developed a friendly, if sometimes testy, relationship.

“If it were anybody other than Jason Spencer, then I would be alarmed. But we had a unique relationship in the Georgia Legislature,” said Jones, who served from 2012 to 2016. “If that had come from anybody else, I’d take it as a serious threat.”

Still, she added, she was “concerned” by his reaction.

“Because if that’s representative of what people in south Georgia think, then yikes.”

You can read the entire exchange below:

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paperman25
paperman25

 Here's a flash, taking down Confederate statues will not end racist but in fact add to it. Those who think it will end it are just being delusional.

It's the Economy Stupid
It's the Economy Stupid

Last I checked, about 40 percent of the people in South Georgia were descendants of African slaves. What about them?

It's the Economy Stupid
It's the Economy Stupid

That last post of hers was an eloquent, passionate rebuttal to about the red-neckest threat I've heard from a 21st Century politician. Well said!


I don't blame her for being so ticked off at his thuggery -- even if they are sort of friends.


Throw it down, LaDawn! Speak TRUTH to threats of violence.




JAKilgoreBrunswick
JAKilgoreBrunswick

I am having a hard time with the claim "...that part of history is over."  Looks like the Altifa thinks that some heritage is OK, as long as it is THEIR heritage.  Maybe the STUDY of some history would do Ms. Jones some good, and she could learn that the War of Northern Aggression was NOT about slavery, but an oppressive federal government and the tyranny of Northerners.   I would suggest you start with the date of the Emancipation Proclamation.
We do not consider it acceptable to denigrate our heritage, much less to try and destroy it.  So stay home Ms. Jones, and learn a little history.

It's the Economy Stupid
It's the Economy Stupid

@JAKilgoreBrunswick How about thinking about this issue from the standpoint of your fellow citizens? You want them to host on public property and pay for the upkeep of memorials that celebrate the four years of war these men put us all through in a vain attempt to keep their ancestors enslaved.


And the very same men managed to badly damage the South's economy for generations afterward. There's plenty in Southern heritage to be proud of; not this.

Dave Fedack
Dave Fedack

You are promoting the lost cause, it's a myth. Check out the lte's in Monday's AJC. I wrote a letter explaining it.

Sooth
Sooth

@JAKilgoreBrunswick  Northern aggression, huh?  Yes, the northern states were pretty aggressive about some traitors in the south deciding to break up the United States.  The "northern aggression" was a response to treason, pure and simple.  I guess you see that as history you should take pride in?

Nyah Janae
Nyah Janae

@BDCoole Speak for self! Only a delusional person would want a statue commemorating HATE!  You don't see statues of NAZIs in Germany do you!


weetamoe
weetamoe

Offer to put up a statue of Al Sharpton, one of you. Go on, make a peace offering. Think of the tales you can  tell your children about that symbol.

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