If one Republican mayoral candidate has his way, lynching may make a legal comeback in Mississippi.
George Lambus is canvassing mostly White neighborhoods in Jackson, Miss., with campaign fliers that blast Democratic city leaders and call for “a noose and stout tree limb” to combat crime. The flier reads:
"Incompetent negro Democrats at City Hall, negroes without civic pride, negro criminals and corrupt negro police officers have just about driven this city into the ground. Any negro Democrat running for mayor who tells you that he or she can reduce crime and bring jobs to Jackson is a damn lie. They only want to be mayor for the salary. Job creation is contingent upon the economy improving, and crime can only be alleviated by a noose and a stout tree limb. I will provide the noose, and when the economy improves, I will get the jobs here."
Lambus, who is Black, has never held public office, and according to WAPT-16 TV in Jackson, he founded the Jackson Vigilance Committee, and in 1983 ran for the Mississippi Senate registered as a Democrat. Lambus also says he is a criminology graduate student at Jackson State University. He is among several candidates in the mayoral race to succeed current mayor Frank Melton, who is facing federal civil rights violations for alleged attacks on known crack houses in the city. Melton won over voters on a platform that was tough on crime, and Lambus appears to be following that lead. But it is his approach, which also includes repeated use of the word ‘negro’ that is causing a stir.
"The situation is bad now, but it's going to get worse," Lambus told WAPT. “All those Black people who are offended by that, they can't sit on their porches at night."
Lambus is considered a long-shot in the race.