With racial tensions around the country at an all-time high following the recent “Unite The Right” hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi murdered a protestor and injured 35 others by running his car into them, one would think that people would take a moment to reflect and do some soul-searching.
Instead, it appears the fringes of the far-right wing have grown so bold that even elected officials aren’t afraid of revealing their white supremacist leanings for the nation and their constituents to see on social media.
State Rep. Jason Spencer of Georgia made headlines recently when he warned a former black colleague, LaDawn Jones, that she might “go missing” if she dared to mess with a local Confederate statue.
Spencer was posting away on Facebook about how strongly he feels about his local Jefferson Davis memorial when former Rep. Jones wandered into the comment thread and began threatening to cut the state funding for the memorial to white supremacy.
Then the threats started.
“Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant. The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta” threatened Spencer. “I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definite.”
One of his buddies began chiming in and Spencer went on to say that “they [Dawn/liberals] will go missing in the Okefenokee [swamp],. Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.”
It is truly terrifying to see how quickly the right-wing moves to violence when it comes to protecting the symbols of the white Christian man’s socioeconomic dominance of American society. We can thank Donald Trump for this man’s appalling threats to a woman of color and a former state legislator – after all, he did say there were “plenty of fine people” on the side of the neo-Nazis and Klansmen.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.