A white Georgia Republican representative is in hot water for telling a Black former Democratic colleague she may go missing for wanting to remove the Confederate statues.
State Rep. Jason Spencer, a Woodbine Republican, used to sit in the Georgia legislator with LaDawn Jones from 2012 to 2016. Jones was Spencer’s Democratic colleague until she left to pursue other endeavors.
Although the two had a cordial time working as colleagues, a recent Facebook fight resulted in what some are calling threatening language from Spencer.
On his Facebook page, Spencer was talking about his support for Civil War monuments when Jones chimed in about the oppressive nature of the images. Then Spencer commented that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continues to say the statues should be removed.
Spencer also wrote to 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.”
Upon seeing Spencer’s comment, Jones called him out for his “threat of physical violence” and added she felt confident that future generations will lose the “we are better than them” mentality.
“Enjoy but know … WINTER IS COMING,” Jones wrote on the Facebook post. “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 to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 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,” Spencer told AJC. “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.”
Jones also said that her past relationship with Spencer allowed her to see past his comment.
“If it were anybody other than Jason Spencer, then I would be alarmed. But we had a unique relationship in the Georgia legislature,” Jones told AJC. “If that had come from anybody else, I’d take it as a serious threat.”
(Photos from left: House of Representatives)